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Nebraska health officials say coronaviruses are likely to become more widespread as the outbreak continues to grow.
Officials also say it could be months before coronaviral cases in the state hit their peak.
The latest from Nebraska Public Health:The virus has also reached its peak in the U.S. Midwest and South.
The state’s rate of new cases is higher than any other state and far higher than the national average.
The U.N. estimates that Nebraska has had a cumulative death toll of more than 17,000 since the outbreak began in the early spring.
That’s a staggering number for a state of just 4.2 million people, according to the state Department of Health and Environment.
“This is a state that was not expecting the level of virus that we’ve been seeing,” Gov.
Dave Heineman said at a news conference Thursday.
“And that’s been reflected in the numbers we’re seeing.”
Dave Sheets has repeatedly called for a federal investigation of how the state handled the outbreak.
His office has been asked to produce a report to the governor by the end of the week.
The state’s health department has been working closely with local health departments to develop a plan to manage the virus.
Nebraska is the only state that does not require people to wear masks when traveling.
The governor said the state is working to develop the state’s own coronavirential response plan.
The Nebraska Health Department says it is still assessing how many new cases have been confirmed in the region.
The number of people in the county of Lincoln who have tested positive for the coronasis has increased from about 5,500 to more than 10,000.