Coronavirus case updates: August 26, 2020

Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 17:47:52-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Wednesday, KMTV will update this story with the latest numbers. Check back often for updates. The latest updates will be posted at the top. You can find a tally of cases at area schools here.



  • The Health Department reported 45 new cases of COVID-19, as received by midnight the previous day. This makes 12,909 cases in Douglas County since the outbreak began in March.
  • The Health Department received two new death certificates related to COVID-19 during the past day. Two women, over the age of 80, were lost to the disease. The total number of deaths in the county related to the pandemic now is 155.
  • The county has confirmed 8,956 county residents have recovered from the illness.
  • As of this morning, metro area hospitals had 187 medical and surgical beds available for an 86 percent occupancy rate.


  • The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that a 20th resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln. The individual was a man in his 60s who was hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the City.
  • Thirty-four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 3,741.
  • Recoveries: remain at 1,739

Overall positivity rate:

  • Lancaster County – remains at 6.7 percent
  • State – remains at 9.4 percent
  • National – remains at 9 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 23 with seven from Lancaster County (one on ventilator) and 16 from other communities (one on ventilator).

The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or Drive through test sites include:

  • Bryan Health: LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th St.
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, northwest corner of the mall. Test Nebraska appointment times are from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. today through Saturday.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Yellow,” indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading.



Coronavirus Resources and Information

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