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Coronavirus case updates: November 8, 2020

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 16:51:31-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Sunday, 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 school cases here.

NEBRASKA

LANCASTER COUNTY

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 374 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 11,120. The number of deaths in the community remains at 50.

Health Director Pat Lopez said this is an all-time high for the number of daily cases reported. “It’s important to recognize that there has never been a greater risk of the virus spreading in our community ,” Lopez said. “Our residents must all take the steps to slow this virus to protect ourselves, our families and our health system.”

On Friday, the COVID-19 Risk Dial was moved to red for the first time. The red dial position indicates a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
  • Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
  • Avoid gatherings.
  • Only visit businesses and participate in activities where public health guidelines are observed. The guidelines include mask wearing, physical distancing and capacity limits.
  • Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov

DOUGLAS COUNTY

The Douglas County Health Department says the coronavirus positivity rate in the county for the week that ended Saturday was 29.6 percent.

According to the health department, there were 3,047 positive cases out of 10,289 tests during that stretch of time.

The number of positive cases mark the most for a single week in the county since the pandemic began in March.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the county sits at 26,393, including 451 reported Sunday.

The health department didn't report any new deaths related to coronavirus on Sunday, leaving that tally at 246.

IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa has surged from 100,000 to more than 150,000 in less than a month.

The state said Sunday that 3,977 more cases of the virus had been reported to give Iowa 152,368 cases of COVID-19.

The state topped 100,000 cases on Oct. 12. The state said 13 more deaths were reported Sunday to give Iowa 1,842 deaths.

Officials said 81 of the state’s 99 counties had a 14-day positivity rate at or above 15%. Seventeen other counties had positivity rates between 10% and 15%.

Ringgold County in southwest Iowa was the only county with a positivity rate below 10% at 8.8%.