Looking at other areas of the state, Douglas County regained the top spot on Nebraska’s tally of COVID-19 cases with 1,440, reporting 147 new cases and another death Saturday.
The Douglas County Health Department reported a man in his 60s with COVID-19 died, the county’s 18th death from the disease. Officials said they are not aware of any underlying health conditions he had.
The Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 8,234 total cases in the state. Nebraska has 96 deaths to date.
Some areas of the state have already relaxed some restrictions, and Lancaster County will follow Monday with new measures that will allow restaurant dining rooms to operate at 50% capacity, along with other guidelines.
Beauty and nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, and body art establishments can open while maintaining the 10-person rule, with employees and customers wearing masks. Childcare facilities will be allowed to have up to 15 children per room.
Lopez said that with the number of cases surging, it has never been more important for residents to be vigilant and to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others.
“All of us are at risk of contracting the virus anytime we are in public with other people,” she said.