Tuesday April 27 COVID-19 update: Sarpy/Cass confirms South African variant case
(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.
South African variant in Sarpy/Cass
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department reported Tuesday that it had confirmed its first case of the South African variant of COVID-19. The B.1.351 variant case is a man in his 70s, the SCHD release states, and the health department began its contact investigation on Monday.
SCHD officials are urging anyone exposed to COVID-19 to get tested, and encouraged residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Douglas County case update
On Tuesday, DCHD reported 100 new COVID-19 cases since its last report, bringing the local case total to 70,401.
The rolling seven-day average is 104. The positivity rate for the week ending Saturday was 22.4%. The death toll stands at 696.
To date, 62,916 Douglas County residents have recovered from COVID-19, DCHD reported Monday.
Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday that local hospitals were reporting 74% occupancy, with 385 beds available; and that 73% of ICU beds are occupied, with 92 beds available. According to the DCHD report, 83 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 35 of them in ICUs, and 19 on ventilators.
The county is also monitoring three more patients for signs of COVID-19.
School clinics begin
DCHD is encouraging families to take advantage of upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics at area high schools, starting Tuesday at Millard North High School, 1010 S. 144th St.; and Omaha South High School, 4519 S. 24th St. Scroll down for a full list of upcoming clinics.
The Pfizer vaccination clinics will welcome walk-ins, but appointments can also be scheduled online “to make the process easier.” All clinics will pair with second-dose clinics three weeks later.
Students ages 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who must also sign a consent form for the student.
Mills County case update
The Mills County Health Dept. released its weekly report from Tuesday, April 20 to Tuesday, April 27.
Ending on April 27, there’s a total of 1,599 positive COVID-19 cases and an 8.7% positivity rate in a 14 day period. It went up from 7.7% from last week.
The total number of deaths in the county is 21, with a new death confirmed last week. The county reports 1,538 recovery cases and with both weeks combined, a total of 17,222 vaccine doses were given.
Mills County also has a total of 3,882 residents who are fully vaccinated.
Lincoln-Lancaster County case update
The LLCHD announced that the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain in low-yellow for a second consecutive week.
Iowa vaccine resistance persists, 80 counties decline doses
(AP) - Iowa health officials say 80 of the state’s 99 counties declined some or all of their COVID-19 vaccine doses for next week, showing a dramatic decline in demand for immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Iowa has fully vaccinated just over 1 million people, which is 32% of the population.
Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand said Tuesday that the decrease in demand is being seen in several other states and that health officials are working with community leaders to understand the source of the resistance.
Iowa on Tuesday reported 346 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths from the disease.
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
- 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.
Area high schools
Douglas County and Sarpy/Cass health departments are partnering up to host several COVID-19 vaccination clinics for area students ages 16 and older.
Held after school and over one weekend at several area high schools, the Pfizer vaccination clinics will welcome walk-ins, but appointments can also be scheduled online “to make the process easier.” All clinics will pair with second-dose clinics three weeks later.
Students ages 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, who must sign a consent form for the student. Other qualified family members may also receive their vaccination at that time.
Clinics scheduled on weekdays will run 4 to 8 p.m.; other clinic hours are as noted on the following schedule provided by DCHD:
- Tuesday, April 27: Millard North High School, 1010 S. 144th St.; and Omaha South High School, 4519 S. 24th St
- Wednesday, April 28: Millard North High School
- Thursday, April 29: Omaha Benson High School, 5120 Maple St.
- Saturday, May 1: Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 2: Omaha North High School, 4410 N. 36th St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monday, May 3: Creighton Prep High School, 7400 Western Ave.; and Central High School, 124 N. 20th St.
- Tuesday, May 4: Northwest High School, 8204 Crown Point Ave.
- Thursday, May 6: Omaha Bryan High School, 4700 Giles Road
Anyone with questions can call the DCHD COVID-19 info line at 402-444-3400.
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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