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Neb. hospitalization rates are higher than last fall; state setting up transfer center for patients

Posted at 2:44 PM, Sep 01, 2021

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference to discuss work by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to support hospital operations and staffing.

Nebraska's hospitals are dealing with more patients right now than they were during last fall's COVID-19 surge.

The state's department of health and human services incident commander said they're setting up a new transfer center to make sure patients can get the appropriate care from a hospital that can help them.

That transfer center will operate 24 hours a day and it will only take calls from Nebraska hospitals.

The incident commander added it's not just COVID-19 that's driving the high numbers of hospitalizations. She said there are a variety of reasons including people delaying care over the last 18 months and a recent spike in RSV cases among children.

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