11th resident at west Omaha nursing home dies of COVID-19
An 11th resident at a west Omaha nursing home that’s been ravaged by the new coronavirus has died of the virus.
The Life Care Center of Elkhorn in Omaha said its latest death occurred Monday, when a hospice patient succumbed to the virus. So far, 69 residents and 30 workers at the center have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility has been battling an outbreak of the virus since April.
News of the center’s latest death comes as state officials reported four new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 195. An online coronavirus tracker for the state also shows 142 new cases of the virus were reported on Wednesday, putting the state’s total cases at more than 16,000.
Nearly 128,000 people in Nebraska have been tested, and hospital capacity has declined slightly in recent days, with 41% of hospital beds, 41% of intensive care unit beds and 77% of ventilators available for use.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
The state’s new cases come as coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the U.S. states. Despite the rising numbers, most states — including Nebraska — are rolling back restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus.