Thursday Dec. 10 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 4 deaths, 482 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 four more deaths and 482 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
Four men between the ages of 60 and 90 have passed. The total number of deaths is now 387.
As of their most recent report, medical and surgical beds were at 82% occupancy, with 279 beds available.
The new community total is 45,612 positive cases. A total of 22,533 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.
According to the release, Douglas County schools have reported 213 cases over the past 14 days, including 100 staff and 113 students. There are 199 students and staff in quarantine and 517 students and staff who are self-monitoring.
Flu update: The health department also included recent flu data in its Wednesday update, noting that more testing had been in recent years and that many who have the flu aren’t tested. DCHD confirmed that it currently had four confirmed cases of flu this season.
During the 2019-2020 flu season, 6,930 cases of flu were confirmed; 3,911 were verified during the 2018-2019 season; 1,950 cases in the 2015-2016 season; 337 in the 2011-2012 season; and 599 in the 2010-2011 season.
“January and February are usually the biggest months for flu cases, but during the most recent season, Douglas County recorded 2,850 flu cases in December,” the report states.
Nebraska reported 35 more deaths Thursday to bring the number to 1,329 since the pandemic began. Another 1,850 cases were also reported to bring that number to 145,774. The number of Nebraskans hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to trickle down, to 779 Thursday. The high was 987 back on November 20.
Iowa recorded 99 more deaths to bring the number to 3,120. Another 2,099 cases were recorded Thursday to bring that number to 251,404. The average positivity rate over the last 14 days in the state has been slowly declining. It stood at 15.7%. Hospitalizations have also been slowly dropping. It stood at 833 Thursday, 30 fewer than the day before and well below the high which was 1,527 on November 17.
Five deaths, 271 new cases in Lincoln
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported five more COVID-19 deaths there Thursday, raising the virus’ local death count to 115.
A man in his 60s died after he was hospitalized; four others — a woman in her 60s and two women and a man in their 80s — were in long-term care facilities.
LLCHD also confirmed 271 new confirmed cases, bringing the community total there to 19,466; and an additional 69 recoveries, bringing that total to 5,660.
The health district reported 130 were hospitalized with COVID-19, 16 of them on ventilators. Of those people, 81 of them are from Lancaster County, three of whom are on ventilators.
The weekly positivity rate decreased from 33.9% on the week ending Dec. 5 to 27.4% for the week ending Thursday, LLCHD reported.
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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