Monday Sept. 27 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports one new death; Pfizer booster starts this week

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Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 1:18 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.

Three Rivers update

The Three Rivers Public Health Department on Wednesday said it had confirmed another 164 cases of COVID-19 in the last week, bringing the local total to 10,885 cases since the start of the pandemic.

3RPHD also reported local hospitals were caring for 193 COVID-19 patients, 36 on ventilators. Last week, the health district reported 196 hospitalizations with 28 patients on ventilators.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department on Monday reported one COVID-19 death over the weekend: an unvaccinated woman over the age of 85. The new local death toll now reaches 785 during the pandemic.

DCHD also reported 342 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Friday, pushing the rolling seven-day average down again to 146 cases. Two weeks ago, the average was 174 cases; one month ago, it was 183 cases, and about two months ago it was 57 cases. To date, the health department has reported 82,708 positive cases.

Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing. On Monday, DCHD reported that local hospitals were 82% full, with 232 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 77% occupied with 67 beds available. Local hospitals are caring for 167 COVID-19 patients, down from 191 on Friday. Monday’s total also includes five pediatric patients.

Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 52 are still in ICUs; 35 are still on ventilators. Two additional patients are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, one adult and one potential pediatric case.

Douglas County Health officials confirmed on Monday the Pfizer booster vaccine will start on Tuesday, Sept. 28 for those who only had the Pfizer vaccine.

Bryan Health update

Bryan Health on Monday reported it was caring for 78 COVID-19 patients, up from 74 reported last Monday. Of those, 16 are on ventilators, down from 17 reported last Monday.

There are also three patients awaiting COVID-19 test results. The hospital system is also caring for nine pediatric patients, one is positive for COVID and one is awaiting test results, their report states.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 110 cases over the weekend, 77 on Saturday and 33 on Sunday. Bringing the local total to 38,475.

No new deaths were reported on Monday, the local death total remains at 284. Currently, 105 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 21 of them are on ventilators.

Among the county’s population ages 16 and older, 73.6% are fully vaccinated, Monday’s LLCHD report states. The department also has plans to begin booster vaccine doses of Pfizer starting this week.

On Monday, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections reported 59 COVID-19 cases within the general population that is being monitored.

Documents: Virus outbreaks at nearly quarter of Iowa schools

(AP) - Information in a federal lawsuit indicates nearly a quarter of Iowa public school students are in districts that have experienced significant COVID-19 outbreaks this year.

The information is from a lawsuit over whether Iowa can prevent school boards from imposing mask mandates. It indicates 11 school districts, including Waterloo, Sioux City, and Muscatine, have reported more positive cases in the first month of the school year than during the entire previous year.

The data made public Monday is from lawyers for 11 parents and the disability rights group The Arc of Iowa who are suing to prevent the state from enforcing a law banning mask mandates in schools.

State data shows 12 children age 11 or younger are hospitalized in Iowa with COVID-19.

Judge extends order halting Iowa schools mask mandate ban

(AP) - A federal judge has extended a restraining order for 14 days that prohibits Iowa officials from enforcing a law that bans school districts from enacting mask mandates.

The order issued by Judge Robert Pratt Monday extends the order until Oct. 11 which means school districts may impose mask mandates and the state cannot stop them.

Information filed Monday in a lawsuit challenging the law indicates nearly a quarter of Iowa public school students are in districts that have experienced significant COVID-19 outbreaks this year.

It indicates 11 school districts have reported more positive cases in the first month of the school year than during the entire previous year.

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:

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Metro Community College Elkhorn Valley, 829 N. 204th St.
  • 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Methodist College, 720 N. 87th St.
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Metro Community College South Campus, 2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Intercultural Senior Center, 5545 Center St. (OneWorld will have flu shot clinics as well as the vaccine)
  • 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Metro Community College South Express, 3002 S. 24th St.
  • 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St.
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Metro Community College Fort Street North Campus, 5300 N 30th St.
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Metro Community College South Omaha Campus, 2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Dr. C.C. and Mabel Library, 6401 University Dr.
  • 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Miguel Keith Park and Memorial on the corner of 30th and W Streets, next to the Kroc Center
  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Metro Community College Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.
  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Intercultural Senior Center, 5545 Center St. (OneWorld will have flu shot clinics as well as the vaccine)
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Metro Community College North Express Campus, 2112 N. 30th St.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Millard’s Buell Stadium, 14905 Q St.
  • 8 a.m.-Noon at the Omaha Farmers Market, located at 1011 Jackson St.
  • 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at Omaha Economic Development Corporation, 2221 N. 24th 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 Mondays 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: Nebraskans can call 531-249-1873 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information on the state’s 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: 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 | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

School info: Omaha Public Schools | Millard Public Schools | Bellevue Public Schools | Westside Community Schools | Gretna Public Schools | Elkhorn Public Schools | Council Bluffs Community Schools | Lincoln Public Schools | UNL | Midland University

COVID-19 risk dials: Lincoln-Lancaster County quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine

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