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Hospitals keeping up; baseball, softball can start June 1

by Nathan Arneal
Publsihed 5/12/20

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in Dodge County – with about 5.5 new cases discovered per day in the last week – but the “flattening the curve” effort seems to be successful in keeping the number of cases well below the capacity of local hospitals.

As of Monday morning, Three Rivers Health Department reported 96 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in its three-county jurisdiction, with 522 medical surge beds available. Local hospitals also report 40% of the available 373 ventilators are in use, with 38 confirmed VCOVID-19 patients using ventilators.

Statewide, 47% of beds, 43% of ICU beds and 76% of ventilators are available.

Monday, Governor Pete Rickets announced that youth baseball and softball practices could begin June 1, with games beginning June 18. Players will need to use their own helmets, gloves and bats as much as possible. Fans will be limited to only household members who must bring their own chairs and stay six feet apart from other fans. He reported that the state will step into group sports slowly with the addition of just baseball and softball.

Department of Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt said the state will explore what works for team sports through these efforts for baseball and softball.

“We are really learning from each small moment,” Blomsted said. “We are using baseball and softball to see what works, to provide further guidance for other types of activities.”

The governor also continues to urge all Nebraskans to go to to take a quick five-minute assessment. This assessment will help determine where testing needs to occur. Nebraskans at risk of exposure to the virus will be contacted to schedule an appointment to get a free COVID-19 test.


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