Friday Aug. 27 COVID-19 update: 2 unvaccinated deaths in Douglas County; Westside expands masking

Papillion-La Vista requiring mask; Douglas County Assessor suspends walk-ins
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:44 AM 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.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Friday reported its 267th COVID-19 death: a woman in her 60s who was not vaccinated.

The health district also confirmed an additional 151 positive cases, bringing the community total to 35,019 cases to date.

Another COVID-19 hospitalization was reported, bringing the community total to 88, with 10 of those COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Currently, 70.4% of the population ages 16 and older are considered fully vaccinated.

No walk-ins at Douglas County assessor

The Douglas County Assessor’s Office has suspended walk-in traffic due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, a spokesman confirmed to 6 News.

“We feel that closing the office to walk-in traffic is one way that we can continue to help all of us stay safe and healthy,” said Larry Miller, chief office deputy.

The suspension takes effect Monday.

Those needing a document to record are asked to mail it and any necessary fees to Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds, 1819 Farnam St., Room H-09, Omaha, NE 68183.

Papillion-La Vista to require masks

Papillion La Vista Community Schools district said Friday that it will begin instituting a mask policy on Monday.

The district said the decision was made based on an increase of cases in the area since Aug. 12, specifically noting an increase from 28 cases on Monday to 105 cases on Friday forcing the Sarpy/Cass Health Department to close three classrooms.

“When the (Return to School) plan was released, we had hoped for more normalcy. However, with the recent spike in cases, it is clear that the protocols must be adjusted in order to prioritize health and safety and keep learning in person,” the district release states.

Masks will be required inside PLCS schools and buildings. Students are asked to wear their masks when they arrive; those arriving without a mask will have one provided to them.

“Cases are being reported at all school levels across the district. Requiring masks supports the PLCS priority to keep students learning in person at school all year, with the particular intent to prevent any additional classroom closures,” the release states.

Westside school district expands mask policy

Noting an increase in cases and quarantines at the middle and high schools this week, Westside Community Schools notified student families and staff Friday that masks would be required indoors for all grades, Pre-K through 12th grade, starting Monday.

“This decision, that many will likely applaud while many others will likely disapprove of, was not made lightly. Ultimately, it is what we think needs to be done to KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE AND IN SCHOOL, which remains a top priority. It also allows us to keep our staff safe and better protect against staff quarantines and staff availability that is needed to meet the needs of our students,” Superintendent Mike Lucas said in the letter sent to staff and families.

The district previously had a mask mandate in place for staff and students at its elementary students.

The school district is currently reporting 26 cases of COVID-19: 25 students and one staff member. According to the letter, the district determined through contact tracing protocols that the cases last week “were likely not related to school,” but “that changed late this week as several cases look to likely be connected to one another.”

Westside also shared a comparative count of Douglas County Health Department data showing an increase in confirmed cases among school-age groups:

DATEAGES 0-4AGES 5-9AGES 10-14AGES 15-19

“We know that “masks” have become a very divisive topic and we appreciate all points of view. We are doing what we think is best to ensure that we can keep our students and staff as safe as possible, and in school so they aren’t negatively impacted by confirmed cases or quarantines,” Lucas said in the letter.

Active cases increase at OPS

Omaha Public Schools on Friday reported an increase in active COVID-19 cases among staff and especially students in the past week.


OPS has had a mask policy in place since the beginning of the school year.

Douglas County cases update

The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported two COVID-19 deaths — a woman in her 30s and a man in his 70s, neither of whom were vaccinated — bringing the local COVID-19 death toll to 747.

Also on Friday, DCHD said it confirmed an additional 208 positive cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, bringing the local total to 77,473 cases.

The rolling seven-day average jumped to 183 cases, up from 175 on Thursday. Two weeks ago, the average was 129 cases; a month ago, it was 57.

As of Friday’s report, local hospitals were 86% full, with 203 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 83% full with 54 beds available. Hospitals are caring for an 170 local COVID-19 patients, including four pediatric patients. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 51 patients are in ICUs, 27 of them on ventilators. An additional four patients are being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.

Iowa courts to require masks contrary to wider state policy

(AP) - The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court has signed an order making masks mandatory in areas controlled by the courts.

The order is in contrast to a state law that bans similar mandates in public schools where children have resumed classes amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases. The order signed Friday by Chief Justice Susan Christensen says all people entering court-controlled areas must wear a face covering regardless of the person’s vaccination status.

The order contradicts Gov. Kim Reynolds’ long-term policy against mask mandates. In May she signed a law that bans cities, counties, and school districts from requiring masks. Iowa is among nine states that have banned schools from implementing universal mask mandates.

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, 7100 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 Airlite Plastics, located at 6110 Abbott Drive
  • 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 farmers’ market at the Old Market City Parking Garage, located at 1011 Jackson St.
  • 9 a.m.-noon at Eagle’s Nest Worship Center, located at 5775 Sorensen Parkway
  • Noon-4 p.m. at Clare Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave.
  • 5-8 p.m. at the Memorial Park concert, located at 6005 Underwood Ave.
  • 1-6 p.m. at Methodist College, located at 720 N. 87th St.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 4-7 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, located at 12565 W. Center Road
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at UNO’s Criss Library, located at 6401 University Drive. Parking will be available in Lot E.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.

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

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 info: 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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