Tuesday Dec. 8 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 10 deaths, 402 new cases
(WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported today by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.
The Douglas County Health Department reported ten more deaths and 402 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Eight men ranging in age from their 60s to 80s and two women older than the age of 80 have passed. The total number of deaths has now reached 377.
As of their most recent report, medical and surgical beds were at 82% occupancy, with 279 beds available.
The new community total is 44,638 positive cases. A total of 21,937 residents have recovered since the start of the pandemic.
For the week that ended Dec. 5, the positivity test rate was 30.2%. The county’s risk dial held steady in the red last week at 3.7 severity, according to Monday’s update.
Iowa has announced it has changed how Coronavirus-related deaths are reported. The state is now including those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but not tested. The net effect of the change removed 433 deaths but added 610, a net gain of 177. That would explain Tuesday’s unusually high number of reported deaths, 201. The state has now sadly recorded 2,919 deaths so far.
Iowa also recorded 1,513 new positive cases to bring the total so far to 246,820. The positivity rate over the last 14 days is at 16.0%. The state did not update the figures related to hospitalizations as of late Tuesday night.
Nebraska reported 41 new deaths statewide to bring the number to 1,277. Another 1,476 Nebraskans have been infected with the virus to bring the number so far to 142,603. COVID-19 patients occupied 19.6% of available hospital beds as of Tuesday evening.
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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