Wednesday March 3 COVID-19 update: J&J vaccine doses allocated to teachers in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass counties
(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
The Douglas County Health Department on Wednesday said it expects to have 5,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine available for educators at two Saturday clinics.
Additionally, DCHD expects to have administered 17,000 vaccinations of first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the end of the six-day period ending Sunday, according to the health department’s news release.
“While we still would like to see an increase in the availability of these vaccines, tremendous progress is being made,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said in the release. “We are making real progress in our efforts to return to normal.”
Douglas County case update
The Douglas County Health Department confirmed that a man over 80 years of age has died due to COVID-19, bringing the community death toll to 670, according to Wednesday’s news release.
DCHD also confirmed 52 new positive cases, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 64,040. The rolling seven-day average locally is 62 cases.
DCHD reports 56,549 county residents have recovered from COVID-19.
According to the release, medical and surgical beds were at 76% occupancy with 358 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 79% rate with 101 beds available.
Sarpy/Cass teachers to receive J&J vaccine
This week, school districts in Sarpy and Cass counties will begin vaccinating K-12 educators.
According to a news release, the health department is working to vaccinate over 2,000 educators this week and completing the population by mid-April.
Sarpy/Cass Health Department told 6 News on Wednesday that it had received 1,700 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, all of which will be allocated to educators.
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.
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.
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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