Statewide Hospitalizations See Decline For A Second Straight Week

LINCOLN – A mid-week update was posted Wednesday evening by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

According to a release from the DHHS, the latest statewide total of COVID-19 cases was 130,194 as of December 2. There have been 130 COVID-19-related deaths in Nebraska reported from the previous seven days, for a total of 1,080. To date, a total of 64,975 Nebraskans testing positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

Over the last week, daily hospitalizations have been slightly lower than recent highs, with Nebraska hospitals caring for an average of 910 COVID-19 patients a day versus an average of 968 during the prior week.

The daily average of new positive cases over the last seven days is 1,787, compared to a daily average of 1,982 new cases last week, and 2,296 and 1,953 cases in prior weeks.  As of December 1, there were 869 hospitalizations which was at 936 on November 24 and 978 on November 17.

Nebraskans are reminded to wear a mask, watch your distance, wash hands and avoid the 3Cs – crowded places, close contact with others, and confined spaces – every time you’re away from home.

Those who hosted or attended a holiday gathering with people from outside their household over Thanksgiving are encouraged to be extra vigilant in practicing social distancing and to self-monitor.

During Wednesday’s press conference with Governor Pete Ricketts, DHHS officials provided an updated trimline on the first round of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Nebraska will receive approximately 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (combined) by month’s end.

  • Forecasted allocations for Nebraska (these numbers are projected and subject to change):
    • Week of December 13-19
      • Pfizer: 16,500
    • Week of December 20-26
      • Pfizer: 19,500
      • Moderna: 32,100
    • Week of December 27-31
      • Pfizer: 23,400
      • Moderna: 14,200


Area Test Nebraska testing sites continue to be open. They include Hartington, Madison, Norfolk, O’Neill, Wakefield, Wayne and West Point.


Hartington Community Sports Complex (501 West Hoese St.) Thursday’s from 9 – 11 a.m. (closed on December 24).

Madison Midtown Health Center (222 Main Street) Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s from 3 – 5 p.m. (closed December 24).

Norfolk Faith Regional East Campus (1500 Koenigstein Ave.) Tuesday’s from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. until noon (closed on December 23 and December 30)

Norfolk Xpress Care Clinic (210 South Third St.) Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s from 8 – 10 a.m. (closed December 25).

O’Neill Armory (635 North 4th Street) Monday – Thursday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (closed December 24 and December 31).

Wakefield Salem Lutheran Church (411 Winter St.) Monday’s from 3 – 5 p.m.

Wayne Family Medical Clinic (615 East 14th Street) Tuesday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon (closed December 23 and December 30).

West Point Franciscan Care Services (430 North Monitor St.) Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 110 a.m. until noon.