By Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska health officials say the state now has 15,543 cases of COVID-19, and 188 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

The true numbers are likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. A total of 119,926 people in Nebraska have been tested for the coronavirus.

The state Department of Health and Human services said Sunday that even as the case numbers have continued to rise, Nebraska’s hospitals have had capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. The state says 44 percent of the intensive care beds and 77 percent of the ventilators remain available at Nebraska hospitals.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

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