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Nebraska’s COVID-19 case count continued to decline last week, with the weekly total dropping under 300 for the first time since the pandemic’s earliest days last March and April.

The state recorded 254 new cases for the week ending Friday, down from 378 the previous week and 536 the week before that, according to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

As of Monday, only two states — Vermont and South Dakota — had lower per capita case counts, calculated as the number of cases during the preceding seven days per 100,000 residents.

Cases are on a similar trajectory nationwide, with the United States’ seven-day average for new cases down 45% over the preceding 14 days, according to the New York Times.

Thirteen states, most of them on the coasts, had given at least one shot to 70% of adults, beating the goal set by the Biden administration to have the entire country at that point by July 4.

Nebraska appears to be in striking range of that mark, with 62.4% of those 18 and older having received one dose and 56% of that group fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Iowa was similar, with 62.2% of adults having gotten at least one dose and 57.1% fully vaccinated.

With the Pfizer vaccine approved several weeks ago for use in those 12 and older, efforts continue to add teens to the vaccinated list. All told, 48.9% of all Nebraska residents had received at least one shot, and 43% are fully vaccinated.

Local health departments and others assisting in vaccination efforts have continued to move away from mass vaccination clinics to smaller one-time or pop-up events intended to increase the ease of getting the vaccine.

Several of those scheduled in the coming days are focused specifically on teens.

Across Nebraska, 6.2% of residents 19 and younger are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s dashboard.

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