Douglas County COVID rates low, but deaths still reported

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) released its bi-weekly COVID-19 report on Thursday.

The health department says that while the number of COVID-19 cases is declining, it encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to help protect against possible future surges.

The DCHD reported on Thursday that 137 new positive COVID-19 tests had been received since the last report on Monday. The number of positive cases since March 2020 now stands at 150,216.

The health department has received four new confirmed COVID-19 death certificates since Monday. One vaccinated man over 75 and one unvaccinated man over 75 died. A vaccinated woman in her 40s and an unvaccinated woman in her 60s died. The number of COVID19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 1,097.

The Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition – which encompasses Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge and Washington counties in Nebraska, as well as hospitals in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley, Iowa – releases an update on the number of COVID-19 cases. 19 and a hospital occupancy report to the Douglas County Health Department on Mondays and Thursdays. Aggregate figures include both COVID-19 patients and hospitalized patients for all other illnesses and injuries, unless otherwise noted.

According to the latest local hospital update received by DCHD on Wednesday evening:

  • There were 101 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 99 adults and two pediatric cases.
    • Thirteen of the adults were receiving ICU level care.
  • Medical and surgical beds were 86% occupied with 196 staffed beds available for all patients.
    • Adult intensive care beds were occupied at an 80% rate with 62 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric intensive care beds were at 84% capacity with 21 beds available.
    • Three people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were on ventilators.
  • There were three other adult COVID-19 persons of interest (generally awaiting test results).

Vaccines against COVID-19 are available at upcoming community clinics.

Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All vaccines.

Girls Inc., 2811 N. 45th St. 12-3 p.m. All vaccines.

Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, 14101 Larrimore Ave. 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.

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