Many people now are months out from their last dose of vaccine or their last booster. “We know with these vaccines,” Dr. James Lawler said, “immunity wanes over time, especially with some of these newer variants.”
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Nebraska added more new cases last week than at any time since January, and its per-capita case rate is at its highest level since early February.
Nebraska's COVID case count now is growing faster than such infections nationally.
Case levels in other states where the new variants arrived earlier suggest Nebraska cases still could climb well above current levels. A number of northeastern states have case levels more than four times Nebraska’s.
Overall, Nebraska cases are up 16% in the past two weeks. Iowa’s cases have more than doubled in the past two weeks, the seventh highest increase among the states.
See which counties have the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Nebraska using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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While the state's cases were up 100% over the past two weeks, that percentage ranks only 41st nationally, as cases are surging across the country.