COVID-19 Weekly Data Update


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​​​​UPDATED: October 20, 2021

Updated metrics for COVID-19 Variants of Concern are reported by DHHS every Wednesday. Vaccine Breakthroughs are reported monthly for the previous calendar month. Additional information on hospital capacity and other metrics is available on the Hospital Capacity Dashboard.

Variants of Concern (01/01/2021 – 10/17/2021)

  • 5,371 variants of concern (VOC) identified among Nebraska residents (+263 from prior week)
  • 1,696 Alpha – B.1.1.7 (First identified: United Kingdom)
  • 3,426 Delta – B.1.617.2 (First identified: India)
  • 119 Epsilon – B.1.429/427 (First identified: California)
  • 68 Gamma – P.1 (First identified: Brazil)
  • 37 Iota – B.1.526 (First identified: New York)
  • 22 Beta – B.1.351 (First identified: South Africa)
  • 3 Lambda – C.37 (First identified: South America)

Statewide Vaccine Breakthroughs (01/01/2021 – 09/25/2021)

  • 84,234 Cases – Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 10,699 Cases – Fully Vaccinated
  • 3,403 Hospitalizations - Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 301 Hospitalizations – Fully Vaccinated
  • 922 Deaths - Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 83 Deaths – Fully Vaccinated

Please note the following:

  1. State and Federal law restricts the release of COVID-related data depending on the source from which it was collected, and whether or not the identity of the individuals involved can be ascertained. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is a covered entity subject to federal restrictions under HIPAA. Some state law restrictions on release of data related to communicable diseases, including COVID data, have been temporarily suspended following the Governor's Executive Order 21-14, which allows the state to release more information, as long as 10% or more of the State's staffed hospital beds are being used to care for coronavirus patients on a seven-day rolling average.
  2. The breakthrough numbers only represent a subset of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska. The DHHS does not have access to individual patient identifiers for all COVID-19 hospitalizations. Additionally, DHHS does not have all vaccination data due to missing data from some federal entities that do not report to the state, including through federal entities, such as the Indian Health Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

    The DHHS identifies persons to be “fully-vaccinated" if they had either completed a 2-dose course of mRNA vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna], or if they had received a single dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vac­cine 14+ days prior. The DHHS identifies persons to be “not fully-vaccinated" if they had received only the first dose of mRNA vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna], or if they had received a single dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vac­cine fewer than 14 days ago.