Wednesday June 16 COVID-19 update: Vaccination clinics happening at several Omaha schools
(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.
DCHD planning school clinics
“To encourage vaccinations before the start of classes,” the Douglas County Health Department said it’s planning more pop-up vaccination clinics at schools all over Omaha next week.
Anyone is welcome at the clinics, according to the DCHD release. Here’s where you can get a Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccination next week:
- Burke High School, at 12200 Burke St., from 7-10 a.m.
- Bryan High School, at 4700 Giles Road, from 7-10 a.m.
- Alice Buffett Middle School, at 14101 Larimore Ave., from 1-4 p.m.
- Bryan Middle School, at 8210 S. 42nd St., from 1-4 p.m.
- Beveridge Magnet Middle School, at 1616 S. 120th St., from 7-10 a.m.
- Alfonza Davis Middle School, at 8050 N. 129th Ave., from 1-4 p.m.
- McMillan Magnet Middle School, at 3801 Redick Ave., from 7-10 a.m.
- Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, at 6143 Whitmore St., from 1-4 p.m.
- Benson High School, at 5120 Maple St., from 7-10 a.m.
- King Science Magnet Middle School, at 3720 Florence Blvd., from 1-4 p.m.
- OPS Career Center, at 3230 Burt St., from 7-11 a.m.
- Norris Middle School, at 2235 S. 46th St., from 7-10 a.m.
- R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School, at 5619 S. 19th St., from 7-10 a.m.
- South High School, at 4519 S. 24th St., from 7-10 a.m.
- Blackburn High School, at 2606 Hamilton St., from 1-4 p.m.
- Integrated Learning Program at Saratoga, at 2504 Meredith Ave., from 1-4 p.m.
- Transition Program North, at 4839 N. 72nd St., from 1-4 p.m.
Douglas County cases update
The health department confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the local total of positive cases to 72,045. For the third day in a row, the rolling seven-day average remains at 11 cases.
The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard no longer reports COVID-19 recoveries.
The local COVID-19 death toll remains at 729.
DCHD also reported Wednesday that local hospitals are 79% full, with 309 beds available; ICU beds are 69% full with 105 beds available. Of those patients, 23 are hospitalized with COVID-19, six of them receiving ICU care, and four of them on ventilators. Additionally, two patients are being monitored for COVID-19.
DCHD vaccination vans
As the Douglas County Health Department increases the number of pop-up vaccination clinics at events, activities, and other popular locations around the county, DCHD has been making more and more use of its five vaccination vans.
“Anything and everywhere we can go, we need to be able to do it at this time,” Dr. Pour said in her update to the Douglas County Board of Health earlier this month. “We have five vans at the health department, and three tents so our nurses can do out and do vaccinations.”
Lincoln-Lancaster County DHM expiring
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Director said Wednesday that the current directed health measure would expire late Thursday, citing the low positivity rate in recent weeks.
“The COVID-19 Risk Dial has remained in green since May 18,” said the release from Health Director Pat Lopez. “The green level indicates a minimal and controlled level of COVID-19 in Lancaster County, meaning transmission is low.”
Starting on Friday, there will be no limitations on gatherings, “regardless of size or location.” And while no plans will be required to be submitted for school activities and events for more than 500 people, special event permits will still be reviewed by the health department.
Additionally, pedi-cabs and party buses won’t have to maintain lists of passengers for three weeks.
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 6404 N. 73rd Plaza near 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, will be open for another week, offering vaccinations through Thursday, June 17.
- Methodist Health System, located at 720 N. 114th St. in the Miracle Hills Plaza, will close Saturday, June 26.
- Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 5710 S. 144th St. near 144th Street and Millard Avenue, will offer first doses through June 26; and second doses through July 18.
- Douglas County Health Department vaccination site – South Omaha, at 3505 L St., is a former Hy-Vee location that replaced the clinic formerly available at the Kroc Center. It 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. However, DCHD is finalizing plans to close this clinic as well.
At the library
Several Omaha Public libraries are hosting Douglas County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics in coming weeks.
- Dale Clarke Library will host its clinic from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday.
- Benson Library will host its clinic from 3-5 p.m. Thursday.
- Washington Library will host its clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22.
- Sorensen Library will host its clinic from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23.
- Swanson Library will host its clinic from 5-7 pm. Thursday, June 24.
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.
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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