Our state public education system is facing a crisis of historic proportion due to an unprecedented surge of COVID-19.
Between November 7 and November 13, on average, 124 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 38 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Nebraska. On November 17, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued a report indicating Nebraska has 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population, which is the sixth highest infection rate in the country. Nebraska is also in the red zone for test positivity, indicating a rate at or above 10.1 percent, with the fourth highest rate in the country. Nebraska had 735 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 294 per 100,000.