By Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Nebraska jumped to nearly 500 and set another new record as cases of the virus continued to surge in the state.

State health officials said 483 people were hospitalized with the virus Wednesday, up from the previous day’s record-tying 436, as 1,169 new cases of the virus were reported. The state’s rate of new cases remained eighth-highest in the nation as the number of cases in Nebraska grew to 66,545 and 628 deaths were linked to the virus.

The rate of new cases per 100,000 Nebraska residents over the past two weeks increased to 626.04 on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska jumped over the past two weeks from 683.71 new cases per day on Oct. 14 to 852.43 new cases per day on Wednesday according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Even with the increase in cases, the state said 32% of Nebraska’s intensive care beds and 72% of its ventilators remain available, according to the state’s online virus tracker.

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