Wednesday April 28 COVID-19 update: J&J clinic resumes at Metro CC

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. 28, 2021 at 6:26 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.

Fort Omaha clinic to resume J&J vaccinations

Douglas County Health Department on Thursday will again administer Johnson & Johnson at its clinic at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations can also be made online.

Vaccinations will be distributed at the clinic from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the campus, located at 5300 N. 30th St.

Douglas County case update

DCHD reported Wednesday that two more people had died from COVID-19 and 104 more cases had been confirmed.

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s have recently died of COVID-19, a DCHD spokesman said. The local death toll is now 698.

The seven-day rolling average is 100 cases.

SCHOOLS REPORT: Douglas County schools have reported 99 positive cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks: 84 are students, and 15 are staffers. There are also 195 people quarantined and 337 self-monitoring.

Uber to Walgreens for a vaccination

Uber is partnering with Walgreens to allow its users to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination through the ride app.

“Beginning today, Uber users will see a new ‘vaccine’ option in their Uber app and can choose to schedule an appointment at Walgreens,” according to a news release from Uber.

The feature is available to all U.S. users, the release states.

“Our goal is to make getting that shot as easy as booking a ride with Uber,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in the release.

Three Rivers reports 13 new variant cases

Three Rivers Public Health District on Wednesday reported it had confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 variants.

Eleven of the cases are the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant, or the U.K. variant; two are the B.1.429 variant, also called the California variant. The health district now has

In Dodge County, there are eight cases of U.K. variant, and three California variant cases. In Saunders County, there are two U.K. variant cases and one case of the P.1 variant, called the Brazil variant. Washington County now has 12 cases of the U.K. variant.

Three Rivers opens vaccine clinics to walk-ins

Three Rivers Public Health District is opening COVID-19 vaccination clinics to walk-ins — no appointment necessary.

Health officials suggest signing up ahead of time at the Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination registry ahead of time, but can also assist with that step on-site.

Those getting vaccinated must be at least 19 years old, or have a parent with them. They must also not be ill or have received COVID treatments in the past 90 days.

Masks are also required at the clinics, which are scheduled at the following times and locations:

  • In Dodge County, the Three Rivers Fremont location will be open for walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
  • In Saunders County, the Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.
  • In Washington County, the clinic at First Lutheran Church in Blair is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Posted by Three Rivers Public Health Department, Nebraska on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 30,869 since the start of the pandemic. The death toll there stands at 232.

LLCHD has reported 27,870 recoveries since the start of the pandemic. Currently, 29 residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, eight of them on ventilators.

The current positivity rate there is 7.5%.

To date, 162,279 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 114,273 considered fully vaccinated.

Nebraska cases update

The Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that 1,745 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed this week, with a daily average of 249 cases in the past week. The new case total is down from last week, when DHHS reported 2,522 cases.

To date, 219,341 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nebraska, with 169,256 recoveries confirmed. Nebraska has also reported 2,242 COVID-related deaths in that time.

“Variants in the state continue to increase in the state,” the DHHS release states, noting that 594 variant cases have been identified here.

Of those cases: 499 cases are the B.1.1.7, or U.K, variant; 77 are the B.1.427/B.1.429, or California, variant; six are the B1.526 variant, or New York, variant; four cases are the B.1.351, or South African, variant; and eight are the P.1, or Brazil, variant.

Currently, 130 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state.

Nebraska vaccine update

This week, Nebraska is slated to receive 56,160 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 39,900 doses of Moderna.

The state is not expecting additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination this week, but is allowing those sites with doses in storage to resume administering them.

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Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

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

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

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.

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 county’s vaccination registry.

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.

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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