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Friday July 31 COVID-19 update: 99 new cases, 6 deaths in Douglas County

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:57 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported today by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.

99 new cases, 6 deaths in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department reported 99 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths on Friday.

Three men and three women, all older than age 70, have died recently from circumstances relating to COVID-19.

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said during a news conference on Friday that the increased number of deaths reported today should not alarm residents as those deaths could have happened as far back as June. The delay in reporting has to do with the process of verifying those deaths as related to COVID-19.

Citing DCHD concerns about the reopening of schools and elevated reports of new cases, she said that Douglas County would remain in Phase 3 of the governor’s DHM while many other counties move to Phase 4 on Saturday.

Lancaster County reports 29 new cases

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 in their community Friday, bringing the county’s total to 3,021 cases.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at 15. There are 19 patients in county hospitals being treated for COVID-19, of which 12 are from Lancaster County while seven are from other communities.

A total of 1,279 Lancaster County residents have recovered from the coronavirus.

2 new cases in Mills County

Mills County Public Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 in their area Friday, bringing the community’s total to 75 confirmed cases. There have been 38 recoveries.

One of the new cases is between the ages of 18 to 40 years old, while the other new cases is age 41 to 60 years old.

Both contracted the coronavirus through community spread.

Three Rivers reports 984 total cases

Three Rivers Public Health Department reported Friday a total of 984 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their area since the beginning of the pandemic.

The department stated there are 760 cases in Dodge County, 125 cases in Saunders County at 99 cases in Washington County.

As of Friday afternoon, the Omaha Metropolitan Health Care Coalition which oversees Dodge, Saunders, Washington, Douglas and Sarpy County hospitals reported 245 medical beds available and 106 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the 321 ventilators available, 72 were in use including 12 by COVID-19 patients.

REFERENCE NOTE -- 6 News pulls data from Nebraska and Iowa COVID-19 dashboards at 6 p.m. daily. All other reports in this post come from official news releases from area health departments and other authorities as stated.

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COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Lancaster County | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

COVID-19 risk dials: Omaha-Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County

COVID-19 information: Latest updates | Resources

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