Friday Aug. 13 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports elderly partially vaccinated death
(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.
Bryan Health reports three deaths
Bryan Health in Lincoln reported Friday that three COVID-19 patients had died in the previous 24 hours.
Bryan Health, which treats patients from all Nebraska counties and surrounding states, has reported nine COVID-19 deaths in the past five days.
Bryan Health is currently treating 28 COVID-19 patients from the Lincoln-Lancaster County health district, with eight more patients awaiting test results. Five COVID-19 patients are on ventilators.
Noting that “transfer options throughout the region remain extremely limited,” Bryan Health said in its release that it currently had no pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations but was treating 16 young patients for RSV, Rhinovirus, and Enterovirus, with three beds available.
Douglas County cases update
The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported a COVID-19 death: a person older than age 75 who was not fully vaccinated.
DCHD has reported 742 local COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Also on Friday, the health department reported that it had confirmed an additional 158 positive cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, bringing the local total to 75,207 cases.
The rolling seven-day average is 129 cases, one lower than Thursday’s report but still more than triple the average reported three weeks ago.
As of Friday’s report, local hospitals were 84% full, with 242 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 82% full with 60 beds available. Hospitals are caring for 121 COVID-19 patients, two of them in pediatrics. Among those, 36 patients are in ICUs, and 14 are on ventilators. An additional six patients are being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.
Pediatric beds remain at capacity, mostly due to the RSV outbreak, DCHD said.
“RSV is not rare and it is treatable, but it is not expected this time of year,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in a release.
Dr. Huse attributed the delay in RSV cases in part to COVID-19 mitigation efforts over the past winter, from masking to keeping sick children at home.
“Since RSV transmits similarly to COVID-19, those prevention strategies likely kept RSV at bay,” Dr. Huse said.
Douglas County notes data set change
A day after the U.S. Census data was released, DCHD also noted on Friday that its data would continue to use 2019 Census population estimates when calculating percentages.
Using the 2019 Vintage Census Population Estimate will result in some declines in local age group vaccination percentages on the health department’s COVID-19 dashboard, but it will be consistent with the CDC’s data tracker, the DCHD release states.
“The previous population estimate was selected to be consistent with the estimate used by the State of Nebraska when it was releasing vaccination data,” the release states.
That data set was the 2018 American Community Survey.
Lincoln-Lancaster County cases update
The Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department on Friday report two deaths from COVID-19. The deaths were a woman in her 90s in a long-term care facility and a man in his 40s that was hospitalized.
It’s reported that both were unvaccinated. The county also reported 80 new cases of COVID, making the total 33,325 and the total number of deaths is 253.
Hy-Vee & CVS now offers third COVID vaccine
For people that are eligible, Hy-Vee now offers a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. Stores will have the Pfizer and the Moderna.
Officials say the new vaccine dose is free no matter of insurance coverage and those eligible can walk in without an appointment or schedule the third dose online. Based on the CDC, the third dose of Pfizer and Moderna are recommended to immunocompromised people at least 28 days after the second dose.
Masks are required when getting the vaccine and Hy-Vee officials recommend bringing their “insurance card (if they have insurance) and Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient); photo ID; and their COVID-19 vaccination record card,” according to the release.
Hy-Vee will also offer vaccinations at the Iowa State Fair through August 22 at Booth #40050. They say it’s between the Grand Avenue gate and the Elwell Family Food Center on the west side of the Fairgrounds.
The company is still offering a $10 gift card to those who complete their COVID vaccine with Hy-Vee from June 1 through November 1. People who receive a third dose in that time frame are able to get the gift card as well.
If you qualify for a third dose, you can now get one at CVS. CVS pharmacies will begin administering the third shot to immunocompromised people.
People are now able to schedule vaccination appointments online. When scheduling an appointment, you will be required to prove your eligibility for the third dose.
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
Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled at several local schools and events this week:
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St.
- 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in the Old Market
- Noon-2 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church, located at 2019 Burdette St.
- 8 a.m. to noon at Black Men United, located at 4200 N. 30th St.
- 1-4 p.m. on the lawn at UNO’s Scott Hall, located at 6510 Pine St.
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:
- Eagle Run Health Center, located at 132nd Street and West Maple Road
- Fontenelle Health Center, located at 50th Street and Ames Avenue
- Girls Inc. Health Center, located at 45th Street and West Maple Road
- Old Market Health Center, located at 13th and Leavenworth streets
- Village Pointe Health Center, located at 175th and Burke streets
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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