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Nebraska COVID-19 cases rise to 18,524, officials report 6 additional deaths

LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska health officials reported 178 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths on Friday.

This brings Nebraska to 18,524 total positive cases and 266 virus-related deaths.

As of June 26, officials say out of the 168,800 Nebraskans that have been tested for COVID-19, 150,074 came back negative.

According to the Nebraska health officials, 12,698 of the state's positive cases have recovered, an increase of 488 since Thursday.

Nebraska health officials say there are currently 125 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state. Thus far, 1,312 patients have had to be hospitalized due to the virus.

State health figures show the number of hospital beds available in Nebraska has dropped below 40%.

The state's online coronavirus tracker shows that as of Friday, 2,347 of the state's total 3,845 hospital beds were occupied. That left 1,498, or 39%, of hospital beds available.

The site also shows that 42% of intensive care unit beds and 78% of ventilators in the state were available.

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