Friday Aug. 6 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports death of unvaccinated man in his 60s

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Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 12:45 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.

Masking urged at upcoming big events

With several large and popular events coming up in the area in coming weeks, the Douglas County Health Department is encouraging precautions that include wearing facemasks.

Friday’s update made note of the Garth Brooks concert in Lincoln next week, the Memorial Park concert at the end of the month, Nebraska football games, and SeptemberFest on Labor Day weekend.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

(KOLN) - The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported Friday that a woman in her 70s had died, bringing the local COVID-19 death toll to 244.

The health department also reported 91 new cases and 61 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with seven of those patients on ventilators.

LLCHD also reported Friday that 68.4% of Lincoln area residents age 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

Nearly 500 calls come into CHI Health vaccine hotline

CHI Health said Friday that its informational COVID-19 vaccine call line, launched Tuesday morning, was off to an excellent start.

The line has received about 125-150 calls a day, and while CHI doesn’t yet have a firm number on how many of those callers requested appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, they did see an increase in the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered through the health system.

Last week, CHI Health administered 187 doses of COVID-19 vaccine; this week, they’ve administered 242.

“We are so glad people are utilizing this resource so they can make an informed decision for themselves and their families,” a CHI Health spokeswoman said.

The info line is available at 402-717-1255 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily this month.

Douglas County cases update

DCHD reported Friday that an unvaccinated man in his 60s had died, bringing the local COVID-19 death toll to 740.

The health department also reported Friday that it had confirmed an additional 166 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the local total to 74,294 cases.

The seven-day rolling average increased to 115 cases, up from 16 a month ago and nearly triple the average reported two weeks ago.

A spokesman with the health department said Friday that DCHD would begin separating hospitalization data by adult and pediatric cases. Pediatrics are defined as 17 years old and younger, he said.

The health department reported Friday that local hospitals were 86% full, with 213 beds available; and ICU beds were 76% full with 81 beds available. Of those, 77 adult patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 24 of them in ICUs, and 16 on ventilators. An additional five patients are being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.

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Posted by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, August 5, 2021

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 are scheduled at several local schools and events this week:

  • 6-9 a.m. at 2-4 p.m. at Airlite Plastics, located at 6110 Abbott Drive
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Omaha North High School, located at 4410 N. 36th St.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DCHD’s main campus, located at 1111 S 41st St.
  • 2-8 p.m. at Bryan High School, located at 4700 Giles Road
  • 9 a.m.-noon Eagles Nest Worship Center, located 5775 Sorensen Parkway
  • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in the Old Market at 519 S. 11 St.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administration Center, located at 3215 Cuming St.

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Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Friday, August 6, 2021

Omaha Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools is sharing a flyer — written in Spanish and English — to get the word out about its upcoming vaccine clinics. The clinics are scheduled for this week and next week at several Omaha-metro schools.

  • Noon-7 p.m. at Omaha South High School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. in Omaha
  • Noon-6 p.m. at Bryan Middle School, located at 8210 S. 42nd St. in Bellevue
  • Noon-6 p.m. at Omaha South High School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. in Omaha
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bryan Middle School, located at 8210 S. 42nd St. in Bellevue
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Omaha South High School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. in Omaha
  • 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Norris Middle School, located at 2235 S. 46th St. in Omaha
  • 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Beveridge Middle School, located at 1616 S. 120th St. in Omaha
  • 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Marrs Middle School, located at 5619 S. 19th St. in Omaha

Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at clinics in several retail pharmacies and health centers around the Omaha-metro.

NebMed will provide Pfizer vaccinations by appointment at:

For those looking for walk-in appointments, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will be available at these pharmacies:

  • Outpatient Pharmacy at Bellevue Health Center, located at 25th Street and Highway 370, will offer J&J vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Outpatient Pharmacy at Durham Outpatient Center, located at 45th and Emile streets, will offer J&J vaccinations from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends.

Children’s Hospital

  • Tuesday and Thursday appointments available at the Mission Village location, 16909 Q St. Call 402-955-7575 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) for available times.
  • Thursday and Friday appointments available at the Dundee location, 4825 Dodge St. Call 402-955-7676 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) for available times.

Around Omaha

AIRLITE PLASTICS: 6-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at 6110 Abbott Drive

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Upland Park, located at 3104 Jefferson St.

SOUTH OMAHA: Testing and vaccinations available at OneWorld, located at 4920 S. 30th St. Call 402-734-4110 to make an appointment for vaccinating anyone age 12 and older.

CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER: Call 402-451-3553 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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 is 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

CHI HEALTH VACCINE INFORMATION: The info line is available at 402-717-1255 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in August.

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.

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.

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.

Resource links

Where to get a test: Douglas County

Vaccine sign-up: Douglas County | Sarpy/Cass | Three Rivers | Nebraska

Vaccinations at hospitals: Nebraska Medicine | Methodist Hospital | Children’s Hospital

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Baker’s | Kohll’s | CVS | Kubat

Vaccine dashboard: Nebraska | Iowa

Vaccine information: Douglas County | Douglas County clinics | Nebraska || Iowa | Pottawattamie County | Mills County | Fremont County

COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Sarpy County | Three Rivers Health District | Lancaster County | 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: Lincoln-Lancaster County quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine

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