Wednesday June 9 COVID-19 update: Nebraska Medicine adjusts visitor policy
Douglas County’s COVID-19 dashboard no longer reports recoveries.
(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 update
Douglas County Health Department reported Wednesday it had confirmed 13 new cases, bringing the local total of positive cases to 71,951. The rolling seven-day average is 14 cases.
The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard no longer reports COVID-19 recoveries.
The local COVID-19 death toll stands at 728.
The health department also reported that local hospitals are 79% full, with 309 beds available; ICU beds are 70% full with 101 beds available. Of those patients, 28 are hospitalized with COVID-19, five of them receiving ICU care and on ventilators. Additionally, six patients are being monitored for COVID-19.
Three Rivers reports death, variant cases
Three Rivers Public Health Department on Wednesday reported that a Dodge County man in his 90s had recently died of COVID-19, bringing the health district’s local death toll to 127.
To date, 80 people have died from COVID-19 in Dodge County; 20 in Saunders County; and 27 in Washington County.
Three Rivers also reported it had confirmed three new cases of the COVID-19 B.1.1.17 variant, called the U.K. variant.
To date, the health district has reported 13 cases of the variant in Dodge County, 19 in Washington County, and five in Saunders County. Additionally, Dodge County has previously reported three cases of the B.1.429 variant, one of the California variants. Saunders County has also previously reported one case of the P.1 variant, known as the Brazil variant.
Nebraska Medicine increases visitor allowances
Noting the decline in community COVID-19 transmission, Nebraska Medicine on Wednesday announced it would allow patients to have two visitors at a time as long as they were vaccinated.
Children are also permitted to visit, but must wear masks.
Visitors will be screen upon entry to the facility and will also be required to follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines, according to the release.
Lincoln-Lancaster County update
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Wednesday reported it had confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the community total to 31,420.
The community death toll stands at 238.
Currently, 15 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Lincoln area; one of those patients is on a ventilator, the health department update states.
Nebraska DHHS update
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 280 new COVID-19 cases, up from 237 reported last week.
The daily case average for Nebraska is 40 positive cases, the DHHS release states.
The state also reported there were 52 COVID-19 hospitalizations and seven COVID-19 deaths across Nebraska since last week’s update.
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 COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents — including youth ages 12 and older — are offered walk-in or 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. This location has been designated as a site for youth vaccinations. (Minors who wish to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian in order to obtain the shot.
This week’s clinics
DCHD is planning the following vaccination clinics this week, some with specific doses as indicated:
Tuesday: All COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the DCHD walk-in clinic, located at 3505 L St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a Pfizer vaccination at Trinity Lutheran Church from 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday: Get a Johnson & Johnson vaccination at Youngblood’s Barber Shop from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a Pfizer dose at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the DCHD walk-in clinic, located at 3505 L St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a Pfizer dose at a drive-through clinic at Salem Baptist Church from 4-7 p.m.
Thursday: All COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the DCHD walk-in clinic, located at 3505 L St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a Pfizer dose at Pleasant Green Baptist Church from 4-7 p.m.
Friday: All COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the DCHD walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a Johnson & Johnson dose at the Heart Ministry Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday: Get a Pfizer dose at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a Johnson & Johnson dose at Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a Pfizer dose at New Life Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At the library
Four Omaha Public libraries are hosting Douglas County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics in coming weeks. The clinics will provide free Johnson & Johnson vaccination doses to anyone age 18 and older.
- Milton Abrahams Library will host its clinic from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 15.
- Dale Clarke Library will host its clinic from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16.
- Benson Library will host its clinic from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, June 17.
- Washington Library will host its clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22.
DOWNTOWN CLINIC: TotalWellness Health and the Metropolitan Community Church, located at 819 S. 22nd St., are hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
CHURCH CLINIC: Metropolitan Community Chuch of Omaha will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. No ID is required, but a parent or guardian must be present at the clinic with teens ages 12-18.
DRIVE-THROUGH YOUTH CLINIC: Children’s Hospital is opening a drive-through clinic to get youth ages 12-16 their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those wanting to schedule a vaccination there should call their Children’s Physicians pediatrician; or call 402-955-SHOT. Appointments will be available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
STOCKYARDS PLAZA WALK-IN CLINIC: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to walk-ins — no appointment needed — from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and 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.
MCC FORT OMAHA: Vaccinations also 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.
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.
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.
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. weekdays, except for 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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