Infectious disease experts joined state medical officials for a discussion Wednesday afternoon on the COVID-19 omicron variant — how it is affecting hospitals across the state and what the next few weeks might look like.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday issued a report on its Health Alert Network stating that the omicron variant now accounts for 52% of COVID-19 tests sequenced in the state in the past two weeks.
With Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses for children 5 to 11 years of age expected to arrive in the Omaha-metro within the coming days, doctors working hard to get parents on board are desperate to dispel myths and misinformation.
At the end of a news conference that highlighted the importance of data reporting availability to Nebraska’s COVID-19 response, Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday defended the state’s decision to scale back its COVID-19 dashboard.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska has increased in each of the past ten weeks, and the total nearly doubled over the past two weeks as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus continues to spread.