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Nebraska reported the state's first four influenza-related deaths of the season. All four people were older than 50.
“If there’s any kind of message here,” a Nebraska Medicine psychologist said, “it’s to encourage everybody to be empathetic and understanding, whether or not we share beliefs with each other. We’re all going through difficult times.”
With flu season taking hold and COVID-19 cases rising, the expanded testing offers a way for people who are experiencing symptoms to understand their illness and seek appropriate treatment, officials said.
Nebraska’s tally of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths last week hit their highest levels since January, leading public health directors to stress to Nebraskans they should get a vaccine or a booster.