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Tuesday May 4 COVID-19 update: Retail pharmacies offer walk-in vaccinations

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: May. 4, 2021 at 1:37 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.

Douglas County cases update

Douglas County Health Department reported Tuesday that a man in his 60s had died, bringing the local death toll to 701.

DCHD also reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 70,877 since the start of the pandemic. To date, the county has confirmed 63,407 have recovered from COVID-19.

The rolling seven-day average is 86 cases.

DCHD also reported that hospitals were at 76% occupancy, with 352 beds available; ICUs were 78% occupied, with 75 beds available. The health department also reported that 94 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, 26 of them in ICUs, and eight on ventilators.

Health officials were also monitoring four more patients for signs of COVID-19.

Retail pharmacies offer walk-in vaccinations

Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Baker’s Health said Tuesday they will no longer require appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Now that supply and eligibility have expanded, it’s even more important for us to reach underserved and vulnerable populations to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of Health & Wellness for Walmart and Sam’s Club. “Widespread vaccination is the only way we will eventually end the pandemic and help our country reopen, and we don’t want anyone to get left behind as we enter this new chapter in our fight against COVID-19.”

Hy-Vee has been offering walk-in appointments since April 28. The vaccinations are provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

“We are strongly encouraging all customers and associates to receive whichever vaccine is available to them at the earliest time of eligibility to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and we’ll do all we can to ensure they have access,” said Robert Tomasu, Baker’s Health and Wellness Director.

Each of the retailers have said they are still making appointments available for those who want them.

Nebraska update

(AP) – The number of new virus cases in the state has declined to levels not seen since last July but the pace of vaccinations is also slowing down across Nebraska. The state reported 1,166 new cases during the seven days that ended on Saturday.

Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said the case numbers are headed in the right direction.

The state said more than 70,000 vaccine doses were administered across Nebraska last week. But that is significantly below the mid-April peak of 211,057 doses in a week.

India variant identified in southeast Iowa

(AP) - Iowa public health officials say they have identified a third coronavirus variant in Iowa that was first identified in India, where the official count of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 20 million.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says Tuesday it has confirmed two cases of the variant in Jefferson County in southeast Iowa. The agency says strains first found in Europe and Brazil are also circulating in Iowa and recommends Iowans get vaccinated to help prevent virus spread.

Interest in vaccination has slowed in Iowa, prompting the state to turn down 71% of the COVID-19 vaccine supply it could have received for next week.

Nearly 36% of the population in Iowa is fully vaccinated, placing the state 14th in the nation.

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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.

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.

Three Rivers health district

  • 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.
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

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