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Thursday Feb. 18 COVID-19 update: More doses in Douglas County opens vaccinations to 65+

Get an update on COVID-19 cases, testing, and vaccinations below; plus find helpful links for...
Get an update on COVID-19 cases, testing, and vaccinations below; plus find helpful links for more information and resources, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.(Associated Press)
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:23 PM CST
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(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.

Douglas County receives additional vaccine doses

The Douglas County Health Department has received additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is extending vaccinations to those 65 years and older.

The hours of Saturday’s clinic with Creighton University at the Rasmussen Center will now run from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. this weekend.

The change begins this Saturday. Appointments now can be made online on the health department website.

Douglas County hospital occupancy update

According to the most recent report, medical and surgical beds were at 80% occupancy with 317 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 70% rate with 101 beds available.

The county also reports four new deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 649.

According to the release, they were unable to provide case numbers today.

Three Rivers runs out of vaccine

The Three Rivers Public Health Department posted on Facebook a picture of their Moderna vaccine shelf empty.

The post reported that they had to reschedule all vaccination clinics for this week to an indefinite date. Their allotted doses are stuck elsewhere in the country due to the recent weather events.

The post also says that no one will lose their appointment; they will just be rescheduled.

Douglas County continues vaccine clinics

The Douglas County Health Department continues to host community COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Friday’s clinic at the Kroc Center in south Omaha still has some openings for those ages 70 and older. To make an appointment, head to the Douglas County Health Department website.

Vaccination clinics

Douglas County

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 9 p.m.

Pottawattamie County

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.

Off-line help

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.

Resource links

Vaccine sign-up: Douglas County | Sarpy/Cass | Three Rivers | Nebraska

Vaccine dashboard: Nebraska | Iowa

Vaccine information: Douglas County | Douglas County clinics | Nebraska | Nebraska FAQ | Nebraska timeline | Nebraska Phase 1A tiers | Nebraska Phase 1B tiers || Iowa | Pottawattamie County | Mills County | Fremont County

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