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Tuesday Aug. 4 COVID-19 update: 130 new cases in Douglas County

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 10:52 AM 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.

Nebraska

These are Tuesday’s numbers according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services compared to Monday:

Total cases: 27,178, an increase of 222.

Total deaths: 332, an increase of four.

Total hospitalizations: 151 compared to the record of 232 set May 27.

Hospital bed availability: 39 percent.

ICU bed availability: 38 percent.

Ventilator availability: 79 percent.

Iowa

These are Tuesday’s numbers according to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services compared to Monday:

Total cases: 46,047, an increase of 200.

Total deaths: 888, an increase of four.

Hospitalizations: 243, an increase from 241 on Monday.

Patients in the ICU: 75, a decrease of three from Monday.

Recoveries: 34,028.

130 new cases in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department has reported 130 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total to 10,723 since the outbreak began in March.

The total number of deaths remains at 134. DCHD has confirmed 7,074 recoveries.

Lincoln reports 16th death

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported the 16th resident to die from COVID-19 in Lincoln on Tuesday.

The man was in his 70s and was hospitalized. Also, 32 new cases were reported, bringing the county’s total to 3,195.

Gov. Reynolds updates Iowa data

During her news conference Tuesday morning, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 data.

She said that to date, 1 in 6 — or 490,651 — Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. Of those:

  • 442,585, or 90%, tested negative, she said.
  • 45,975 tested positive, she said. Though she didn’t provide the percentage for this number, it calculates to 9.3%.
  • 33,922, or 74%, have recovered, she said.

Test Iowa conducted more than 34,200 tests last week, identifying 2,750 new cases. Of those: 31,115, or 91%, tested negative, and the positivity rate was 8%, Reynolds said.

Reynolds said 42,091 people had been tested in April, which was when decisions were made to officially close schools for the rest of the academic year. At that time, 1 in 75 Iowans had been tested, and the state had an average positivity rate of 21.2%, she said. The state’s all-time high positivity rate was 31%, on April 27.

It’s important to note that hospitalizations have dropped significantly, Reynolds said. The all-time high occurred on May 6, the state reported 417 new cases. On Monday, she said, Iowa reported 243 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 136 of those people specifically admitted for COVID-19; and more than 100 others were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19.

Paralleling “a big change” happening in hospitals, as they test every patient — even those there for elective surgeries, Reynolds said the state COVID-19 dashboard would break out the number of hospitalizations with the number of those who are hospitalized primarily for COVID-19.

Noting that “ebb and flow” in positive COVID-19 case numbers is expected, Reynolds said Tuesday that since late June, case numbers are trending upward, “but again, our current situation is not the same it was a few months ago.”

According to the governor:

  • April’s high happened on the 29th: 809 of 2,961 tested positive, for an average positivity rate of 27.3%.
  • May’s peak happened on the 26th: 870 of 4,397 tested positive, for an average positivity rate of 18.4%.
  • June’s high was 504 positives out of 7,108 tests conducted, for an average positivity rate of 7.1%.
  • On July 10, 703 tested positive of the 7,546 tests conducted, for a positivity rate of 10%, but the average positivity rate for the entire month of July was 7.9%.

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.

Resource links

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

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

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