Wednesday April 21 COVID-19 update: Sarpy/Cass scheduling for Thursday’s vaccine clinic
(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 taking appointments for Thursday clinic
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is scheduling vaccinations for residents of Sarpy and Cass counties ages 16 and older, noting that participants must be 16 at the time of vaccination.
The clinic will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cass County Fairgrounds, located at 8420 144th St. in Weeping Water.
Douglas County daily cases update
DCHD reported two COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, saying that a man in his 40s and another man in his 50s had died. The community death toll now stands at 696.
The local seven-day average is 117 cases.
The health department said it also confirmed an additional 132 positive cases of COVID-19, raising the community total to 69,832 cases. DCHD also reported that 62,445 Douglas County residents have recovered from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, area hospitals are at 81% capacity, up from 77%, with 280 beds available; ICU beds are at 75% capacity, up from 67%, with 84 beds available, the release states. Among those hospitalizations, 117 patients have COVID-19, and 34 of them are in the ICU, with 14 on ventilators.
The county is also monitoring seven more patients for COVID-19.
SCHOOLS UPDATE: DCHD also said in Wednesday’s news release that in the last two weeks, area K-12 schools have reported 106 COVID-19 cases — 89 students, 17 staff. Schools have also asked 202 people to quarantine and 252 to self-monitor.
Douglas County Health Director’s report
Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour gave a report to the county Board of Health on Wednesday, stating the community was seeing 20 new cases per 100,000 people, and noting that health officials had a goal of 10 or below.
The positivity rate has risen to 7%, up from 6% last week, she said. Hospitals are also reporting more young people with COVID-19.
Dr. Pour said DCHD had confirmed 228 cases of variants’ in the county; a majority of them are the U.K. variant.
She said close to a million COVID-19 tests have been done here.
Douglas County vaccine report
To date, 433,099 vaccination doses have been administered in Douglas County, according to a report made to the Board of Health on Wednesday.
On average, the county has about 40,000 doses each week. But clinics are seeing a 5-15% “no show” rate.
In order to facilitate a higher rate of vaccination in the county, DCHD is working on ways to “bring the clinics to the people instead of the people coming to us.” Officials are considering expanding mobile clinics to libraries, beauty and barber shops, community centers, school parking lots, workplaces, and primary clinics.
MAIN CLINICS: DCHD is working to provide more evening hours at vaccination clinics, particularly the one at the 35th and L streets as well as the Nebraska Medicine clinic at 144th and Millard streets.
The Methodist Health System clinic at 114th Street and West Dodge Road will be taking walk-ins, starting Wednesday. “Walk-ins” are also still welcome at the Metro Community College North drive-through clinic.
Meanwhile, the clinic at Creighton’s Rasmussen center — which relies on faculty and students to keep running — plans to wrap up on May 8 ahead of the summer break.
NORTH OMAHA: Vaccinations can be scheduled at Heartland Family Services’ Intergenerational Campus, Abide Omaha, Omaha North High School, and at the NOAH Clinic.
SOUTH OMAHA: Vaccine doses are being administered at area packing plants via LaCasa del Pueblo.
Getting vaccine information to minority communities
In order to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in local minority communities, DCHD is planning to concentrate information distribution about the virus and the vaccine. The health department is planning panels with healthcare professionals, with will be posted to YouTube.
Healthcare workers will also be embedded in the Latino Center of the Midland and Supermercados to answer questions and address concerns.
DCHD is also teaming up with the Methodist Mobile Diabetes Van to have a presence among the city’s refugee population. That community presents different challenges and officials work to bridge gaps in language, technology, transportation, work hours, trust, and a general lack of information about how to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination.
Among other things, the health department needs interpreters. Meanwhile, plans for Saturday clinics at the Yates building continue.
Getting schools vaccinated
DCHD is also focused on schools and getting kids ages 16 and older vaccinated with Pfizer doses.
Partner with Children’s Hospital, the health department will be offering clinics at all OPS and Westside schools as well as Creighton Prep.
Nebraska COVID-19 update
Across Nebraska, 163 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, with a daily average of 161 in the past seven days, with previous weeks’ averages at 167, 140, and 106 consecutively, according to a Wednesday release from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
As of Tuesday, the latest statewide total of positive COVID-19 cases is 217,596, with a total of 167,516 of those Nebraskans recovered. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nebraska to date is 2,229.
To date, a total of 423 cases of COVID-19 variants have been confirmed in Nebraska: 354 cases of the B.1.1.7, or U.K., variant; 58 cases of the B.1.427/B.1.429, or California, variant; 2 of the B1.526, or New York, variant; 2 cases of the B.1.351, or South African, variant; and 7 cases of the P.1, or Brazil, variant.
This week, the state is expecting to receive 54,990 Pfizer vaccinations and 39,900 Moderna doses.
ERROR REPORTED: Nebraksa DHHS reported on Wednesday that an error was found in vendor coding that resulted in a decrease in death counts and cumulative hospitalizations. “The error and subsequent correction did not impact any of the testing or hospital capacity metrics,” the release states.
Iowa governor pushes COVID vaccine as demand lags in areas
(AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds is imploring Iowans to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but would not acknowledge that slowing demand for the shots is greatest in Republican parts of the state.
After 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties this week declined additional shipments of shots because of less consumer demand, Reynolds on Wednesday promoted vaccinations and said the state is concentrating efforts on trusted community leaders to help convince resistant Iowans to get the shots.
Reynolds focused on polls showing that young adults are more likely than older people to say they will not get vaccinated and sidestepped a question about polls showing that Republicans say they’re much less likely to get immunized.
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
- 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.
STOCKYARDS PLAZA WALK-IN CLINIC: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to walk-ins — no appointment needed — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, at the clinic in the Stockyards Plaza, located at 35th and L streets. Other clinics may also take walk-ins during the week as they’re able.
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.
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.
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