Monday Aug. 30 COVID-19 update: Creighton implementing mask mandate; Lincoln reports 3 deaths

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 12:16 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.

No updates were provided over the weekend.

Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.

Creighton to require masks

Citing the rise in COVID-19 cases and the “ongoing threat of the delta variant,” Creighton will begin requiring masks in classrooms, labs, and other indoor spaces — including athletic venues — starting Wednesday.

The university expects the requirements to remain in place through at least Oct. 1, “at which time the University will reassess the situation.”

Lincoln-Lancaster update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported three COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the local death toll to 270. LLCHD said a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s, and a woman in her 60s had died, and that none was vaccinated against COVID-19.

LLCHD said 175 new cases had been reported over the weekend, bringing the local total to 35,306.

The health district also reported 82 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 12 of the patients on ventilators, down from 88 reported on Friday.

Currently, 70.8% of the population age 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

Children’s participates in national call to action

Children’s Hospital in Omaha stood alongside pediatric hospitals nationwide Sunday in a statement called “a wake-up call to protect our children” published in the L.A. Times and New York Times.

“We call on leaders in the public and private sectors and the American public to stand with us to help protect our children,” the statement reads.

Signed “with urgency and respect” by nearly 70 presidents, CEOs, and executive directors of children’s hospitals across the country, the statement urges COVID-19 vaccinations and mask use.

Read the full statement

Children’s hospitals are on the frontline of care for kids, anchoring the pediatric safety net for the most vulnerable among us. Tragically, rising numbers of COVID-19 infections among children, surging cases or respiratory illnesses such as RSV, and the pandemic’s ongoing impact on mental health are pushing our children’s hospitals to capacity. Combined with significant hospital workforce shortages, the pediatric safety net for all children is being threatened in unprecedented ways.

We call on leaders in the public and private sectors and the American p8ublic to stand with us to help protect our children.

Together, we can keep our children safer. They need our support, our care, and our commitment to their future. They need it now.

With urgency and respect,

The Presidents, CEOs and Executive Directors of the nation’s children’s hospitals

Bryan Health update

Bryan Health in Lincoln on Monday reported its staff was caring for 67 COVID-19 patients, 13 of them on ventilators. That’s down from 74 patients reported on Friday.

In addition, seven more patients — including one in the ICU — are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Bryan is currently caring for eight pediatric patients, but none are COVID-19 positive, according to the release. The health system reported having 12 pediatric patients, including a COVID-19 patient, on Friday.

Bryan Health modifies visitor policy

Bryan Health announced Monday that starting Tuesday, it would restrict visitors at all its hospitals.

Each patient is allowed two unique visitors per day. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks.

“COVID-19 patients are not allowed visitors,” the release states.

Visiting hours are 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Douglas County cases update

The Douglas County Health Department on Monday reported additional 378 positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend, bringing the local total to 77,846 cases.

The local COVID-19 death toll stands at 747.

The rolling seven-day average fell to 177 cases, down from 183 on Friday and 175 on Thursday. Two weeks ago, the average was 121 cases; a month ago, it was 82.

As of Monday’s report, local hospitals were 78% full, with 319 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 72% full with 87 beds available. Hospitals are caring for an additional 161 local COVID-19 patients, down from 170, including three pediatric patients. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 47 patients are in ICUs, 26 of them on ventilators. Additionally, two more patients are being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.

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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, 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:

  • 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.

Vaccination is the best way to avoid hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Please make the decision to be safe. #Omaha #NECOVID19 #InThisTogether

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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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