Wednesday Aug. 12 COVID-19 update: 2 cases reported at Millard elementary; 180 new cases in Douglas County

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 7:36 PM 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.

2 cases reported at Reagan Elementary

In a news release Wednesday, Reagan Elementary School reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Those with direct contact have been informed, according to a release from Millard Public Schools

“The school will be cleaned and sanitized this evening as we will always do when we receive a report of a positive case,” the release states.

Nebraska, Iowa totals

Nebraska has reported 29,244 total cases of COVID-19. That’s a 214 increase from yesterday’s count.

Nebraska is also up 5 deaths with a total of 356.

There is a 36% hospital bed availability, 36% ICU bed availability, and 80% ventilator availability.

Iowa has reported a total of 49,815 cases and they are up 13 deaths with a total of 953.

Three Rivers reports new totals

The Three Rivers Public Health Department has reported 1,128 total COVID-19 cases within their jurisdiction since the outbreak began in March.

Dodge County has 836, Saunders County has 166, and Washington County has 126.

The health district uses a risk dial to inform the public of the status of COVID-19 in its communities. According to Wednesday’s update, the risk dials for two of the counties has edged up from the previous week: from 1.75 to 2 in Dodge County, from 1.64 to 1.75 in Saunders County. The risk dial decreased from 1.75 to 1.5 in Washington County.

23 new cases in Lincoln

The Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department has reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. The community total is now 3,384.

The total number of deaths remains at 19.

NDCS staff member tests positive

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has reported a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

The staff member is employed at the Lincoln Correctional Center and is self-isolating at home.

The total number of staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 is now 51.

Free testing for UNL community

The University of Nebraska Lincoln has announced that free on-campus testing will be available for faculty, staff, and students through the University Health Center and Test Nebraska.

Walk-up COVID-19 tests will be available beginning Aug. 12 and will be located in the 17th and R parking garage.

Appointments are required.

180 new cases, 2 deaths in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department has reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

A man and a woman both over 75 have passed.

The total cases in the count since the outbreak began in March are at 11,629 and the number of deaths is at 140.

TotalWellness offers fast testing

TotalWellness is now offering fast testing to anyone who thinks they need it, whether you have symptoms or not.

According to the release, the test is free out-of-pocket with most insurances.

Testing will be done by appointment only from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. outside the office. The test will last five minutes and the results are available in 20 minutes, according to the release.

TotalWellness is located at 9304 H Court.

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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