Nebraska says small number of vaccinated people got COVID-19

OMAHA, Neb. — State health officials say a small number of Nebraskans who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus later developed COVID-19.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said that 343 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. But that represents just 0.05% of the 689,561 people who have been fully vaccinated in the state.

So far, 46.5% of Nebraska’s population over 16 has been vaccinated for the coronavirus although the pace of vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks as demand for the shots waned.

The state reported 1,397 new virus cases in the past week to give Nebraska a total of 220,933 cases since the pandemic began. There have also been 2,249 deaths in the state.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska decreased over the past two weeks, going from 360.29 new cases per day on April 20 to 197 new cases per day on Tuesday.

The state also tweaked some of its restrictions related to the virus on Thursday. Health officials said school-aged children who come in contact with someone who is infected with the coronavirus no longer have to quarantine themselves at home. Instead, those children can just monitor themselves for symptoms while continuing to attend school.

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