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Thursday Aug. 6 COVID-19 update: 167 new cases in Douglas County, stats update from Test Nebraska, Iowa governor

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 11:29 AM CDT
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(WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported today by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.

Nebraska, Iowa state 6 p.m. totals

Nebraska reported 27,821 cases Thursday, which is up 322 from Wednesday’s count. The state also reports 340 deaths. This remains unchanged from yesterday’s count.

There is a 40% hospital bed availability, 38% ICU bed availability, and 79% ventilator availability.

Iowa reported an increase in 698 cases, bringing the total statewide to 47,362. Iowa also reported 10 more deaths with a total of 909.

There are currently 237 people hospitalized in Iowa and the state reports 35,568 recoveries.

167 new cases in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Departement has reported 167 new cases.

The total number of cases reported since the outbreak began is now 10,969. The total number of deaths remains at 135.

DCHD also reports 7,239 recoveries.

New cases in Sarpy/Cass counties

The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department has reported an updated total of 2,315 cases within their jurisdiction.

There have been 12 COVID related deaths including 2 new deaths reported this week.

Iowa governor’s COVID-19 update

Gov. Kim Reynolds said during her news conference Thursday morning that more than 500,000 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, meaning that 1 in 6 have been tested.

The state’s highest daily positivity rate, 9.3%, happened on Wednesday, but Reynolds said that this means about 91% — about 452,000 — have tested negative. The week’s average is at 6.5% positivity, which is down from 8% last week, she said.

There has also been a decrease in individual COVID-19 testing, but the governor stressed that decline was not due to testing capacity. She said there was an increased demand after the Fourth of July holiday, and that there still may be an uptick as schools get back in session.

Reynolds also noted that Iowa’s coronavirus website has added rolling 14-day averages available by county as well as the current positivity rate for each school district. Reynolds said rolling positivity rates along with absentee rates will be key metrics for school districts’ decision-making as the new school year gets underway.

Test Nebraska releases July data

Test Nebraska on Thursday issued a report on COVID-19 tests conducted throughout the month of July.

Those tests found 53,121 negative cases and 2,010 positive cases last month, according to the report, which also noted that 149 tests yielded inconclusive results. The follow table, provided by Test Nebraska, illustrates the daily totals of tests administered in July:

Number of Nebraskans tested daily for COVID-19 throughout the month of July
Number of Nebraskans tested daily for COVID-19 throughout the month of July(DHHS)

Test Nebraska has found a total of 107,843 people have tested negative and 4,506 have tested positive since it began testing in May, the report states.

A total of 200,900 assessments were run on the Test Nebraska website in July, the report states.

According to the report, COVID-19 tests were conducted in July at unspecified long-term care facilities and also the following locations: Crossroads Mall, North Star High School, Omaha CHI, Columbus, Norfolk, Fremont, West Point, Kearney, Blair, York, Salem Baptist Church, North Platte, Butler County Health, Seward, Jefferson Community Center, Grand Island Central District Health Department , Chadron, Lincoln LEC, Regional West Medical Center, Lexington, Grand Island, Brodstone, Hastings, Nebraska City, Jackson Tower, Camp Ashland, Ogallala, Melham Medical Center, Broken Bow, Saunders County, South Sioux City, McCook, Midtown Health, Burwell, Cambridge Community, Ashland Greenwood, Raymond Central, Arapahoe, Correctional Facilities, Oxford Fire Barn, Scottsbluff, Beaver City Office, Gordon Memorial Center, Valentine, Columbus Community Center, Alliance and Lexington Regional Center, Regional West Medical Center, Saunders County Fairgrounds, Midtown Health Center – Norfolk, Kearney (Buffalo County Fairgrounds), Cambridge Community Building, Raymond Central Elementary School – Saunders Health Center, Columbus Community Hospital.

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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