Monday April 05 COVID-19 update: DCHD plans for more vaccine clinics this week

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: Apr. 5, 2021 at 3:04 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.

Multiple vaccine clinics in Douglas County this week

Health officials are planning for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Relevant Community Church in Elkhorn on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. They say about 700 Moderna doses out of 2,000 are still available for the clinic.

On Friday, April 9, DCHD will add clinics to the 36th and L site in the Stockyard Plaza at 3505 L Street. At this site from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., people can get the Moderna vaccine; and from 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m., people can get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The same hours and vaccine offerings will repeat at Omaha North High School on Sunday, April 11.

COVID-19 variants identified in Nebraska

In a news release on Monday night, the Nebraska Dept of Human Health & Services made an announcement of the cases of COVID-19 variants in the state.

Officials say as of Monday morning, 140 cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant (the U.K. variant), 42 cases of the B1.427/B1.429 variant (the California variant), and two cases of the P.1 variant (the Brazil variant) have been identified in Nebraska.

Douglas County cases update

DCHD said Monday that it had confirmed 325 new positive COVID-19 cases and one new death, a man in his 40s. This brings the community total to 67,650 cases and 683 deaths.

The rolling seven-day average now stands at 142 cases — nearly twice as high as about two weeks ago. The most recent positivity rate was 22.3%, reported last week.

DCHD officials say due to data issues, there will not be any recovery updates for today.

Hospitals were at 68% capacity with 473 beds available. ICUs were 72% full, with 94 beds available. Of those, 97 were hospitalized with COVID-19, 32 in ICUs, and 11 on ventilators.

The health department was also monitoring seven more people who may have COVID-19, according to their Monday report.

Iowa opens vaccinations to all adults as virus spreads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has opened coronavirus vaccination to everyone age 16 and older.

The expansion Monday comes as the state deals with increasing spread of the virus. State public health officials reported 68 more deaths on Sunday.

There’s a delay between a death and the processing of death certificates, so many of those people died weeks earlier.

An Iowa public health spokeswoman says the high number on Sunday reflected a number of year-end reports received by the state. Iowa has seen 5,822 people die of COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state has the 16th-highest overall coronavirus death rate in the nation with 184 deaths per 100,000 since the pandemic began.

This week is National Public Health Week

NPHW, to educate the public, health professionals, and lawmakers about issues important to improving public health, has a theme this year of “Building Bridges to Better Health.”

NPHW has have been sponsored by the American Public Health Association since 1995.

Lincoln-Lancaster cases update

LLCHD reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Monday and one new death, a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized.

The LLCHD also confirmed four local cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, known as the U.K. variant, bringing the community total of COVID-19 variants to seven: six are the U.K. variant, one is the B.1.429, or California, variant.

Douglas County opens vaccine appointments to 16

The health department officially opened vaccinations to Douglas County residents ages 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning, though its appointment scheduler was available as early as Sunday night.

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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: Douglas County health officials are planning a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Relevant Community Church in Elkhorn.

TOTAL WELLNESS: 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 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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