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Wednesday Aug. 5 COVID-19 update: 79 new cases, 1 death in Douglas County

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 11:43 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:23 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.

Lincoln reports 17th death

The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department announced the community’s 17th COVID-19 death along with 20 new cases.

A woman in her 90s has passed.

The new community total case count is 3,215. The department also reports 1,403 recoveries.

New numbers in Three Rivers district

The Three Rivers Public Health Department has released new COVID-19 totals for its jurisdiction.

Dodge County now has a total of 789 cases, there are 145 in Saunders County and 110 in Washington. The community total is at 1044.

County engineer’s office reports positive cases

The Douglas County Engineer’s office said Wednesday that four highway department employees had tested positive for COVID-19, and 23 more were being quarantined in their homes as a result of contact-tracing.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we are doing everything we feel is prudent,” said Dan Kutilek, engineering manager for Douglas County Engineer in a news release. “We are following all health guidelines and the advice of our human resources department.”

The county engineer’s office employs approximately 70 people, the release states.

79 new cases, 1 death in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Departement has reported 79 new cases and 1 additional death Wednesday.

A man in his 50s has passed due to COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths to 135.

The total number of cases reported since the outbreak began is now 10,802.

As of this morning, metro area hospitals had 285 medical and surgical beds available for an 80 percent occupancy rate, according to the release.

Ricketts updates Nebraska COVID-19 data

The state has 38% of hospital beds, 39% of ICU beds, and 79% of ventilators available, Gov. Pete Ricketts said during a news conference Wednesday morning.

There are 153 COVID-19 hospitalizations, which is less than 4% of the 4,000 hospital beds available across the state, he said.

The governor also advised wearing masks and continue to practice social distancing, including avoiding crowded bars and restaurants.

Test Nebraska collected 3,594 tests on Monday and 3,822 on Tuesday, he said, noting that a new site opened in Omaha and that the test sites in Omaha and Lincoln are working to ramp up to collecting 1,600 tests per site per day.

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

COVID-19 information: Latest updates | Resources

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