Wednesday March 31 COVID-19 update: Vaccination appointments opening to ages 45+ in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass counties

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 1:49 PM CDT
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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 County opening vaccinations to ages 45+

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department said Wednesday that residents ages 45 and older, born in 1976 or earlier, will be able to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on its website starting Thursday.

Appointments must be made through the health department’s website, which lists available clinic locations.

The health district expects to receive a little more than 8,000 vaccination doses this week, according to its news release.

“To date, 75,000 vaccinations have been administered to Sarpy and Cass County residents,” the release states.

Douglas County opening new clinics, expanding vaccinations to ages 45+

The Douglas County Health Department on Wednesday announced that COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be open to those ages 45 and older, born in 1976 or earlier, on Thursday.

Online registration via the DCHD website is required and will also include options for two new temporary clinics:

A curbside vaccination clinic at Total Wellness, located at 9320 H Court, will have doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine available for appointments from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Another clinic, offering Moderna vaccinations, will be conducted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College, located at 5300 N. 30th St.

DCDH said arriving excessively early for appointments is not necessary, noting that “minimal time is needed to process your information in advance of your shot” if the profile information request, included in appointment confirmation emails, is filled out.

Douglas County cases update

DCHD said Wednesday that it had confirmed 171 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the community total to 66,675 cases. The rolling seven-day average now stands at 131 — the highest since Feb. 5.

DCHD also reported that it had confirmed 60,641 people as recovered from the virus.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the county stands at 682.

Three Rivers risk dial nudges downward

Three Rivers Public Health Department, which opened vaccination availability to ages 18 and older this week, reported a decrease in community spread as its risk dial moved from 2.29 to 2.14 on Wednesday.

Dodge County’s risk dial remained steady at 2.14 since last week, while Saunders County saw a decrease from 2.29 to 2.14. Washington County’s risk dial, however, increased from 2.29 to 2.43, according to the health district’s news release.

Three Rivers reported that there was an increase in the weekly positivity rate there, but that hospitalizations had decreased. The ability to contact trace had also decreased slightly, the release states.

The health district along with its community partners has administered 28,110 COVID-19 vaccinations so far, and noted that vaccinations are also available through the federal pharmacy program.

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Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

North Omaha: Vaccinations will be distributed Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, located at 5300 N. 30th St. Appointments will be made through the state’s vaccination registry.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area currently participating in the program include:

  • Medicine Man Pharmacy, 15615 Pacific St. Suite 8, Omaha NE 668118
  • Think Aksarben Pharmacy LLC, 710 W. Center Road, Omaha NE 68106
  • ViaRx, 825 N. 90th St., Omaha NE 68114
  • Walmart, 3010 E. 23rd St., Fremont NE 68025

Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area that will be added to this list include:

  • The Nebraska Medical Center Bellevue Pharmacy, 2510 Bellevue Medical Center Drive, Suite 100, Bellevue NE 68123
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5150 Center, Omaha NE 68106 NE
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1000 South 178th St., Omaha NE 68118
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha NE 68137
  • Nebraska Medicine Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68198

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Kohll’s

Douglas County

Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents are offered by appointment at the following locations:

  • CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.
  • Methodist Health System, 720 N. 114th St.
  • Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue.
  • Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St.
  • Douglas County Health Department vaccination site – South Omaha, 3505 L St. (former Hy-Vee location). The site replaces the clinic formerly available at the Kroc Center.

TEMPORARY CLINIC: DCHD has been working with Total Wellness, located at 9320 H Court, to establish a vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 1.

VETERANS: 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.

LA VISTA CLINICS: A second-dose clinic will be held April 18 — three weeks after the first-dose clinic on Sunday, March 28 — at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

Sarpy/Cass County

Sarpy/Cass County Health Department is planning several vaccination clinics in upcoming weeks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dates below for residents born in 1961 or earlier, and Phase 1A and 1B populations. Get the link to sign up for an appointment on the health department’s website.

  • TUE March 30 – Beardmore Event Center (Courtyard by Marriott), located at 3730 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue.
  • TUE April 6 – Beardmore Event Center (Courtyard by Marriott), located at 3730 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue.
  • WED April 7 – La Vista Conference Center (Embassy Suites), located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

LA VISTA CLINICS: A second-dose clinic will be held April 18 — three weeks after the first-dose clinic on Sunday, March 28 — at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

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.

DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE: Local COVID-19 information, in Spanish and English, is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except holidays. Call 402-444-3400 for assistance.

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

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Kohll’s

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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