Friday Sept. 3 COVID-19 update: 7-day average jumps past 200 cases in Douglas County
(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.
UNL vaccination update
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln said Friday that the majority of faculty, staff, and students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
UNL requires vaccination to circumvent the university’s weekly COVID-19 testing protocols, which are required for entry into its facilities, and the voluntary registry automates the verification process for those who are vaccinated. According to the registry:
- 91% of student-athletes are fully vaccinated
- 81% of faculty are fully vaccinated
- 74% of staff are fully vaccinated
- 69% of students are fully vaccinated
“I want to thank everyone who uploaded their information into our vaccine registry and for doing their part to protect themselves and our community,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “If anyone has not yet been vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to do so. There is no better way to protect yourself from COVID-19.”
Bryan Health update
Bryan Health on Friday reported it was caring for 67 COVID-19 patients, 12 on ventilators.
Among their hospital patients are nine pediatric patients, none of them with COVID-19.
Another nine patients are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Douglas County cases update
The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported that 279 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Thursday, for a total of 78,872 cases to date.
The local death toll stands at 752.
The rolling seven-day average jumped again, this time to 206 cases. It was 177 on Monday, 149 two weeks ago, and 98 a month ago.
As of Friday’s report, local hospitals were 85% full, with 213 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 89% occupied with 32 beds available, up from 26 on Thursday, but still down from Monday, when there were 87 ICU beds available. Hospitals are caring for 191 COVID-19 patients, including nine pediatric patients. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 64 are in ICUs, up from 47 patients reported on Monday; and 24 are on ventilators. Additionally, one adult patient is being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms.
A year ago, DCHD was reporting 114 new COVID-19 cases, and 69 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 14 people on ventilators.
Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing.
Lincoln-Lancaster County update
No new deaths were reported by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Friday. The local death toll remains at 273.
Also on Friday, LLCHD reported 156 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 36,015 cases reported to date. Currently, there are 79 COVID-19 patients, eight on ventilators.
LLCHD reports that 71.2% of its population ages 16 and older is fully vaccinated.
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
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, 1111 S. 41st St.
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st 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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