Friday March 5 COVID-19 update: Sarpy/Cass County confirms first COVID-19 variant case from U.K.

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. 5, 2021 at 12:33 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.

Sarpy/Cass County reports first COVID-19 variant from U.K., B-117

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department confirmed on Friday that the first COVID-19 variant from U.K., B-117, has been confirmed.

It’s reported that it was confirmed this afternoon and in the investigation, it’s a Sarpy County resident in his 30s.

The report states that Nebraska is one of 48 states that have reported the B-117 COVID-19 variant since December 2020.

Iowans with underlying conditions to receive vaccine

Starting Monday, March 8, Iowa vaccine providers can begin vaccinating Iowas with underlying conditions.

The release states, “individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are now eligible.”

Information on those conditions can be found here.

Starting March 9, Iowans 65 and older can use the 211 Call Center to assist with scheduling an appointment if needed.

Iowa is reminding residents to remain patient as vaccine production increases.

Officials: 200K-plus Iowans fully vaccinated against virus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Numbers put out by state health officials show more than 200,000 Iowa residents are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

By Friday morning, numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed more than 768,000 vaccine doses had been administered and that nearly 208,500 had received a second dose. The department also reported more than 366,000 positive tests and 5,549 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

Iowa’s seven-day rolling average COVID-19 positivity rate remained on the rise this week, going from 14.15% for the period that ended Feb. 18 to 19.37% for the period that ended Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Douglas County case update

The Douglas County Health Department confirmed 118 new positive cases, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 64,158. The rolling seven-day average locally is 69 cases.

On Friday’s report, the department states there have been 162 cases reported in K-12 schools during the last 14 days and this includes 48 staff members and 114 students. It’s reported that 183 people have quarantined and 442 people are self-monitoring.

No new deaths were reported on Friday, the number of deaths in the county remains at 670.

DCHD reports 56,546 county residents have recovered from COVID-19.

According to the release, medical and surgical beds were at 81% occupancy with 291 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 72% rate with 94 beds available.

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.

Any eligible veterans can go to the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the new Ambulatory Care Center.

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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