Wednesday Feb. 17 COVID-19 update: Douglas County educators to be vaccinated next week
(WOWT) - Below are today’s vaccination updates as well as data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and Iowa.
Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.
Vaccinations to extend to Douglas County educators
The Douglas County Health Department and the Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour announced the move Wednesday morning to begin vaccinating educators next week.
“We’re going to start with K-12 because that would be the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics,” DCHD Phil Rooney said. “The superintendents and the administration will prioritize the vaccines based on age and underlying conditions.”
Earlier this week, two members of the Omaha City Council along with two local school board members sent a letter calling for the Douglas County Health Department to prioritize teachers and school staff for vaccine doses.
The letter to Dr. Pour came days after the Nebraska State Educators Association sent a similar request to the governor.
Sarpy/Cass County releases vaccine timeline
The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department on Wednesday posted a timeline to better illustrate its COVID-19 vaccination priority tiers.
The post indicates priority populations there would be vaccinated by May, at which time the general population would become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
Representatives request vaccines for veteran caregivers
Rep. Cindy Axne, who represents Iowa’s third district, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska’s first district Congressman, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to urge the expanded availability of COVID-19 vaccines to veteran caregivers.
The letter highlights the need for those who accompany veterans to their medical appointments or give at-home care to receive vaccines.
“While these veterans will likely qualify for early vaccination at the VA, their caregivers will not. This is why we are requesting the VA expand vaccine distribution to all family caregivers of disabled veterans — regardless of the veteran’s services connected disability,” the members wrote.
Douglas County case update
The Douglas County Health Department has reported 224 new cases. This brings the total number of cases to 63,012.
Six additional deaths were also reported. A woman in her 50s, four men over the age of 70, and a man in his 60s have passed away. The total number of deaths is now 645.
The seven-day rolling average is 119 positive cases.
According to the most recent report, medical and surgical beds were at 75% occupancy with 390 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 68% rate with 108 beds available.
Recovery numbers were not reported today.
Until further notice, Douglas County clinics will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents at the following times and locations:
- TUE/WED – Christ Community Church, located at 404 S. 108th St., clinics will provide vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- WED/FRI – CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- THU/SUN – Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
- SAT – Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St., vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held Fridays, Feb. 12, 19, and 26 at the Mid-America Center.
County residents ages 65 and older are asked to sign up via the Pottawattamie County vaccination website. Anyone needing assistance can also call the Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 to sign up for an appointment over the phone.
NEBRASKA VACCINE HOTLINE: Gov. Pete Ricketts has asked Nebraskans to call 402-552-6645 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information on the Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination process. DO NOT call your local health department.
TEST NEBRASKA HOTLINE: To get answers about Test Nebraska tests, results, communications, etc., call 402-207-9377.
IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Older or home-bound Iowans looking for help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment can call 1-866-468-7887 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; or contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209.
REFERENCE NOTE -- 6 News pulls data from Nebraska and Iowa COVID-19 dashboards at 6 p.m. daily. Other reports in this post come from official news releases from area health departments and other authorities as stated.
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