51 new coronavirus cases reported in Lancaster County; now more than 10,000 cases in Nebraska

51 new coronavirus cases reported in Lancaster County; now more than 10,000 cases in Nebraska


This electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 51 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the community total to 786.

Statewide, more than 400 new cases were reported Saturday as the state's total rose to 10,220, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There have been at least 125 deaths in the state.

Douglas County continued to have the most cases, with 2,305. Dakota County was next with 1,454 cases, and Hall County had 1,424.

Also Saturday, officials said a third inmate from the Community Corrections Center in Omaha had tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual had been taken to the hospital for unrelated medical issues and was tested upon admission, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes said in a news release Saturday.

Another department staff member — an employee at the Nebraska State Penitentiary — also tested positive Saturday, bringing the total to 10 staffers within the department who have the virus. The majority are cases at the penitentiary, and some have completed quarantine and returned to work.

Three inmates have tested positive, all from the community work-release center in Omaha housing 175 inmates and 35 staff members. After the first case emerged May 12, the department announced that the facility was under quarantine. A second positive case was announced Friday.

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