Tuesday March 2 COVID-19 update: Douglas County provides vaccine update

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: Mar. 2, 2021 at 1:38 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 Vaccine update

In an update to the board of commissioners, Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says the county has been allotted a little more than 12,000 vaccines for this week, that’s an increase of 14-percent over last week.

Out of those, 10-percent are for area educators who are still early in the vaccination process.

Douglas County is also on the receiving end of 5,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“We actually have the flexibility to vaccinate our critical infrastructure workers and so we went back to our superintendents to see if they were interested in it for their educators and they said yes,” said Dr. Pour.

Dr. Pour says this weekend, 2 clinics will be set up to continue that vaccination effort. One will be at Millard North High School, the other at Omaha North.

COVID-19 variants in Douglas County

The B117 variant from the U.K. was identified in the county on Friday, and several cases of the California variant showed up Saturday.

Dr. Pour says the health department worked over the weekend to find people who had been in contact with the infected patients, to test them for the new variants.

While results are still pending, Dr. Pour says it is an important reminder that we are still in a pandemic, and safety measures need to remain in place.

“We have to be conscientious of wearing our masks, keeping our social distancing, and most importantly to get vaccines out as quickly as possible to as many people as possible,” said Dr. Pour.

Dr. Pour also mentioned that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is effective against new variants of the coronavirus.

Douglas County case update

The Douglas County Health Department confirmed that two men and three women, all over 75 years of age have died due to COVID-19, bringing the community death toll to 669, according to a Tuesday’s news release.

DCHD also confirmed 85 new positive cases, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 63,988. The rolling seven-day average locally is 73 cases.

DCHD reports 59,191 county residents have recovered from COVID-19.

According to the release, medical and surgical beds were at 75% occupancy with 366 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 64% rate with 120 beds available.

Nebraska administered nearly 87,000 vaccine doses last week

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska health officials administered nearly 87,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines last week as the state worked to distribute more shots.

The number of doses of the vaccines administered jumped to 86,737 last week from the previous week’s total of 52,731. State health officials said 436,474 doses of the vaccines have now been administered, and 10% of Nebraska’s population has now been fully vaccinated.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska decreased over the past two weeks, from 500.29 new cases per day on Feb. 15 to 271.57 new cases per day on Monday.

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.

Additionally, the Kroc Center is planning clinics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, March 4, and March 8. As of Thursday, however, all appointments for these clinics there are full.

Pottawattamie County

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

COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Sarpy County | Three Rivers Health District | 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 | Lincoln Public Schools | UNL | Midland University

COVID-19 risk dials: Omaha-Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine

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