Nebraska's first case of West Nile Virus has been identified, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The person who tested positive is in the Elkhorn-Logan Valley Health Department area, which covers Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties. That individual has not been hospitalized.
Last year, 15 human cases of West Nile were found in Nebraska, 10 of whom were hospitalized, with one death.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos, and it can be prevented by using quality mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, especially at dawn and dusk, and avoiding areas of standing water.
The surge is not only occurring in Lincoln. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 415 active COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide, nearly double the number from a month ago.
School officials, health experts and parents are focused on how to keep kids in school — and protected from the coronavirus. Experts say a significant share of kids suffer lingering symptoms for weeks and months after COVID-19 infections.
“We are feeling compassion fatigue,” said Val Perez, a registered nurse at Nebraska Medicine. “The patients have become a lot more demanding, and angry. And a lot of my colleagues are angry that we’re still doing this."