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Thursday Nov. 19 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 978 new cases, 1 death

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Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 12:36 PM CST
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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.

Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department has reported 978 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — 134 more than were reported Wednesday, which was the previous high single-day count. The new community total is 33,968 positive cases.

One new death was also reported Thursday: a woman over 80 has passed. The total number of deaths is now 281.

The most recent report of recoveries is 17,539.

Schools update

Douglas County has also updated its cases among schools for the past 14 days. DCHD reports 388 new cases from K-12 including 184 staff members and 204 students. There are 413 quarantined and 1,552 self-monitoring.

As of Nov. 12, Omaha Public Schools was reporting 107 new cases of COVID-19 among staff, and 134 among students, bringing their total active cases of COVID-19 to 129 staff and 137 cases. The OPS website was showing that 448 staff and 1,329 students were in quarantine or isolation.

Millard Public Schools was reporting 185 active COVID-19 cases among its staff and students as of 7:05 a.m. Thursday, with 727 quarantined. Those totals amount to .68% of staff and students with active COVID-19 cases and 2.65% of staff and students in quarantine.

Bellevue Public Schools was reporting that 21 staff and 36 students had COVID-19 during the week of Nov. 7-13; with 16 staff and 349 students in quarantine during that same time period. The BPS website shows the school district has reported 77 positive cases of COVID-19 among its staff since school started Aug. 13; and 139 cases among students during the same timeframe.

Westside Community Schools on Thursday was reporting six staff and nine students with cases COVID-19 this week, for a total of 70 cases among staff and 83 among students since the start of the school year.

Gretna Public Schools is reporting 50 active COVID-19 cases and 213 recoveries on its update from Friday evening.

As of Wednesday, Elkhorn Public Schools was reporting 58 active cases, with 60 in quarantine. According to the EPS website, that amounts to .49% of the population currently testing positive for COVID-19 and 0.5% in quarantine.

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Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Thursday, November 19, 2020
Posted by UNMC College of Public Health on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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 | Sarpy County | Lancaster County | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

School dashboards: Omaha Public Schools | Millard Public Schools | Bellevue Public Schools | Westside Community Schools | Gretna Public Schools | Elkhorn Public Schools | UNL | Midland University

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

COVID-19 information: Latest updates | Resources

Correction: A previous version of this report contained an incorrect total of to-date cases in Gretna Public Schools. 6 News regrets the error.

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