Tuesday June 22 COVID-19 update: Nebraska cases continue to decline

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: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:55 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

The Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday it had confirmed five new positive cases, bringing the total number of local COVID-19 cases to 72,113. The rolling seven-day average nudged down slightly to 12 cases.

The local death toll remains at 730.

The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard no longer reports COVID-19 recoveries.

DCHD also reported Tuesday that local hospitals are 77% full, with 343 beds available; ICU beds are 70% full with 102 beds available. Of those patients, 17 are hospitalized with COVID-19, three of them receiving ICU care, and four on ventilators. Additionally, DCHD is monitoring four more potential COVID-19 patients.

The health department continued to urge vaccinations, noting the delta variant now confirmed to be present in the county is more easily transmitted.

“Things are going very well locally,” county Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said in the release. “The best way to maintain this positive trend is to get your vaccine. We need to give about 1,200 doses per day to reach the national goal of 70% of adults with at least one dose by July 4.”

Nebraska cases continue downward trend

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decrease in Nebraska; totals have been down every Monday since April 5, according to the state dashboard.

According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state currently has one of the lowest rates of new cases and transmission in the nation.

Nebraska DHHS data shows the state reported 163 new cases last week, which was down from 212 the week before.

At the peak of cases last fall, Nebraska reported 16,740 new cases during the week of Nov. 20.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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 — including youth ages 12 and older — are offered walk-in or by appointment at the following locations for a short while longer:

  • 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 the coming weeks.

  • 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.
School clinics

“To encourage vaccinations before the start of classes,” the Douglas County Health Department is planning more pop-up vaccination clinics at schools all over Omaha from June 21-25. Anyone is welcome at the clinics, which will provide both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.

  • 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.
Around Omaha

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.
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. 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.

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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