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Grand Island second-worst outbreak spot in nation

Of cases reported in the last two weeks, Grand Island is the second worst per capita.
Posted at 6:47 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 19:48:55-04

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KMTV) — Over the last two weeks, the Grand Island area has seen the second-most new coronavirus cases of any area in the United States, relative to its population, according to a New York Times analysis.

As of Tuesday, there are 933 cases in Hall County. More than 1.5% of the county has tested positive for COVID-19. Nationally, 0.3% of Americans have tested positive.

More than 230 cases were discovered among employees of the JBS beef plant, more than 6% of the workforce.

"When you put that many people together, in different shifts, its predictable that you could have a spread of COVID-19," Grand Island Mayor Roger Steel said.

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