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Thursday July 02 COVID-19 update

50 new cases in Douglas County; 25 in Pottawattamie County
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Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 4:19 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported Thursday by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.

Nebraska reports 6 deaths, 142 new cases

Six more deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 and 142 new cases have been confirmed in Nebraska, according to the state health department’s online dashboard.

To date, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported 282 deaths and 19,452 cases of COVID-19.

The state hospital capacity is at 41%, with 52% of ICU beds and 20% of ventilators available.

Dr. Gary Anthone, the state’s chief medical officer, gave a more detailed update during the governor’s news conference Thursday about the state’s COVID-19 cases and related data.

Across the Health Care Coalition (which includes Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Saunders, and Dodge counties), there were 289 — or 22% — hospital beds available. With 99 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 20 of them on ventilators, the area was reporting it had 249 — or 68.5% — ventilators available.

Iowa reports 2 deaths, 756 new cases

Two more Iowans have died and 756 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, according to the state’s dashboard.

Iowa has reported 719 deaths and 30,209 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Four fewer people are hospitalized with COVID-19 than reported Wednesday, and of those 145 in hospitals, 36 are in the ICU — one less than reported yesterday.

To date, 24,027 Iowans have recovered from COVID-19, according to the dashboard.

1 more death, 50 new cases in Douglas County

Douglas County Health Department said Thursday that a man in his 50s has died from COVID-19, and the county has 50 new cases confirmed.

According to the DCHD news release, 92 deaths in the county have been attributed to COVID-19, and 7,330 cases have been confirmed — 3,617 of which have recovered.

25 new cases in Pottawattamie County

Pottawattamie County Public Health on Thursday confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19, 21 from Council Bluffs. Three are from Crescent, and one is from Neola.

Currently, there are 176 positive cases of COVID-19 isolating in the county, five people who are hospitalized with the virus, and 569 who have recovered.

PCPH has reported a total of 781 cases of COVID-19 — 227 from community spread — among the 9,593 who have been tested, according to the health department’s news release.

On Monday, Test Iowa will open a new site at the All Care Health Center at 902 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs, according to the release.

PCPH encouraged social distancing and wearing face coverings in public, particularly over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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