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Wednesday May 5 COVID-19 update: CVS among retail pharmacies offering 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. 5, 2021 at 3:58 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 Wednesday that a woman in her 70s had died, bringing the local death toll to 702.

DCHD also reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 70,951 since the start of the pandemic. To date, the county has confirmed 63,531 have recovered from COVID-19.

The rolling seven-day average is 82 cases.

DCHD also reported that local hospitals were 81% full, with 282 beds available; and ICUs were 76% occupied, with 81 beds available.

The health department also reported that 92 patients had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 23 of them in ICUs and eight on ventilators. DCHD is also monitoring five more patients for signs of COVID-19.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Wednesday confirmed 26 more cases of COVID-19. Thirteen of those were cases of the U.K. variant, or B.1.1.7 variant, bringing the community total there to 58 cases of that variant.

To date, LLCHD has reported 10 cases of the B.1.427 or B.1.429 variants, known as the California variants; and two cases of the B.1.351 variant, or South African variant.

Thirty-one people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the health district; two of them are on ventilators.

LLCHD has reported 28,200 recoveries from the virus. The COVID-19 death toll stands at 232.

The local positivity rate is 4.7%.

CVS also offering walk-in vaccinations

CVS Health said Wednesday it is also offering vaccinations without appointments, noting that appointments can still be made and are often open as soon as an hour ahead of time.

“We continue to orchestrate an all-out effort to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19,” said Karen S. Lynch, CVS Health President and CEO. “Thanks to the dedication and effort of our colleagues, I am proud to say we helped achieve the President’s accelerated 100-day goal of 200 million vaccines and have administered over 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. Our customers continue to give us high satisfaction scores based on their interactions with colleagues and our customer-centric digital approach for scheduling appointments.”

Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Baker’s Health said Tuesday they will no longer require appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. Hy-Vee has been offering walk-in appointments since April 28.

The vaccinations are provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Three Rivers reports more variant cases

Three Rivers Public Health District, serving Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties, reported two new variant cases Wednesday. Both are U.K. variant, or B.1.1.17 variant, cases in Washington County.

To date, Washington County has confirmed 14 cases of the variant; Dodge County has reported 11 variant cases: eight U.K. variants and three California, or B.1.429 variant, cases; and Saunders County, has confirmed one P.1, or Brazil variant, and two cases of the U.K. variant.

The health district also reported an additional death — a Washington County woman in her 90s — bringing the area’s death toll to 124 deaths: 77 in Dodge County, 20 in Saunders County, and 27 in Washington County.

3RPHD also reported an increasing trend in weekly COVID-19 positivity, and noted that ICU bed availability was trending downward.

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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