Methodist in the Media

As Nebraska Sees Surge in COVID Cases, Experts Warn Things Could 'Go Sideways'

Published: July 25, 2020

Nebraska’s count of new COVID-19 cases has taken a definite turn higher, with totals not seen since late May.

While two hospital systems say they are not experiencing a surge in patients, health experts warn that hospitalizations will rise even more in the coming weeks as the new cases progress.

Dr. Bill Lydiatt, chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital, said the Methodist system’s number of COVID-19 patients remains generally stable in the teens.

Lydiatt said he believes the overall rise in positive cases is slight and gradual, which can be seen as good news considering more than a month has passed since the Nebraska economy reopened and the social justice protests occurred.

But with the economy open, Lydiatt said people need to stress wearing a mask, keeping socially distant, washing hands and staying home from work and school when they feel sick.

Omaha World-Herald: As Nebraska sees surge in COVID cases, experts warn things could 'go sideways'