Monday Aug. 10 COVID-19 update: 86 new cases in Douglas County
(WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported today by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.
86 new cases in Douglas County
The Douglas County Health Department has reported 86 new cases and no additional deaths on Monday.
The total number of cases reported since the outbreak began is now 11,361. The death toll remains at 137.
DCHD also reports 7,672 recoveries.
Lincoln reports 24 new cases
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has reported 24 new COVID-19 cases. The community total is now 3,337.
There were no reported deaths, the number of deaths remains at 17.
Three Rivers Public Health updates totals
The Three Rivers Public Health Department is reporting new COVID-19 case totals within its jurisdiction.
Dodge County has a total of 823 cases, Sanders has 157, and Washington County has 123. The community has a total of 1,103 cases.
Nebraska COVID-19 stats update
Gov. Pete Ricketts said during his news conference Monday morning that 41% of hospital beds, 38% of ICU beds, and 82% of ventilators are available across the state. Less than 4% of ventilators are being used by COVID-19 patients, he said.
“So we’ve got very robust hospital capacity,” Ricketts said.
Hospitalizations have been the benchmark statistic for the state of Nebraska, he said, “making sure that we can provide that acute care and we’ve been able to do that all throughout this pandemic. We’ve been very successful and we continue to have capacity to be able to do that everywhere in the state.”
Even in Douglas County, the governor pointed out. “We’ve got about 6% of the beds, I think, are being used up by coronavirus patients. So, very small numbers of people in the hospital with coronavirus,” he said.
In Omaha, there’s 1,596 hospital beds, with 96 are being used by coronavirus patients; and 14 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, the governor said.
The governor encouraged Nebraskans to continue avoiding crowded spaces and to sign up with Test Nebraska. That will allow the state to identify those who are positive for COVID-19 so that the can be isolated and contact tracing can proceed, he said.
So far, the state has tested 302,000 people — 140,000 through Test Nebraska, he said.
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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