- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 5, 2021

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A south-central Nebraska woman who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 recently died of the disease, state health officials said Wednesday.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that the woman was in her 80s and had underlying health conditions. Officials with Two Rivers Health District, based in Kearney, said the woman lived in the district and was hospitalized for more than two weeks well after receiving two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Officials did not name the woman or pinpoint where she lived, following long-held policy to protect the privacy of patients.

The news came even as health officials in the Kearney-based health district pointed to a COVID-19 outbreak at a Kearney nursing home of mostly vaccinated residents as a success story.

More than half the residents at the Good Samaritan Society-St. Luke’s facility contracted the disease caused by the coronavirus in early April, after most had been vaccinated, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Of the 23 facility residents who tested positive, only two showed any symptoms, which where mild and cleared quickly, officials said.



“Overall, the vaccine did what it was supposed to do: It prevented severe disease and prevented people going to the hospital,” said Dr. M. Salman Ashraf, medical director of the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 21 issued a report on a similar outbreak at a Kentucky nursing home, where residents had been vaccinated.

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