COLUMBUS- East Central District Health Department has confirmed a third COVID-19 related death within its jurisdiction, in Colfax County.
The deceased was a man in his 50s, with an unknown medical history due to an absence of medical records. The death is the second for Colfax County; Platte County recorded its first COVID-19-related death on May 16 The death brings the total number of deaths to 132 and known cases 10,846. In the ECDHD there are now 1,020 confirmed cases with 532 in Colfax County, 481 in Platte, 4 in Nance, and 3 in Boone. More than 72,300 people have been tested in Nebraska. The number of new patients has been trending downward since a peak of 677 new cases on May 7, but public health officials say it’s important to continue taking precautions such as social distancing.
The state’s hospitals report that 44% of their beds, 38% of their intensive care unit beds and 78% of their ventilators are available for use if needed.