Tuesday Sept. 28 COVID-19 update: Pfizer boosters now available in Douglas County

Lincoln-Lancaster County extends mask mandate
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 1:05 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.

Douglas County starts boosters

The Douglas County Health Department on Tuesday began distributing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination boosters at its clinics to those in certain groups:

  • Adults ages 65 and older
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Adults ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions that make put them at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adults ages 18-49 with certain conditions listed above, or who are otherwise at risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adults ages 18-64 whose jobs put them at high risk for COVID-19

The CDC is recommending booster doses be administered six months after receiving your second dose. Anyone with questions is advised to contact their healthcare provider for further guidance.

Underlying medical conditions that qualify for boosters include: cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic lung diseases like COPD, moderate to severe asthma, interstitial lung disease, damaged or scarred lung tissue, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, etc.; certain neurological conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.; diabetes; Down syndrome; certain heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, hypertension; HIV/AIDS or others in immunocompromised states; liver disease like cirrhosis, liver scarring, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, etc.; those who are overweight or obese; pregnant and recently pregnant people who are 42 or more days past the end of their pregnancy; certain hemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease, thalassemia, etc.; current or former smokers; recipients of organ, blood stem cell, or bone marrow transplants; cerebrovascular disease like stroke, etc.; and substance use disorders including alcohol, opioid, cocaine use disorders, etc.

Those occupations qualifying for boosters include: first-responders such as healthcare workers, firefighters, police, and congregate care staff; education staff such as teachers, support staff, daycare workers; food and agricultural workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. Postal workers; public transit workers; grocery store workers; and residents of homeless shelters or correctional facilities.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department on Tuesday reported another COVID-19 death: a vaccinated man over the age of 85 with multiple underlying conditions has died, bringing the local toll to 786.

Also on Tuesday, DCHD reported 289 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Monday, pushing the rolling seven-day average up from 146 cases to 153 cases. Two weeks ago, the average was 188 cases. About a month ago, it was 183 cases; two months ago, it was 66 cases.

To date, the health department has reported 82,985 positive cases.

Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing. On Tuesday, DCHD reported that local hospitals were 84% full, with 220 beds available. Adult ICU beds were 81% occupied with 56 beds available. Local hospitals are caring for 180 COVID-19 patients, up from 167 on Monday. That total includes six pediatric patients.

Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 54 are in ICUs, 36 of them on ventilators. Eight additional patients — four adults and four pediatric patients — are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported three COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday: a woman in her 50s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated, a man in his 70s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated, and a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized and vaccinated, bringing the local death toll to 287.

LLCHD also reported another 97 cases, bringing the local total to 38,572 cases to date.

Currently, 112 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 of them are on ventilators.

Among the county’s population ages 16 and older, 73.7% are fully vaccinated, Tuesday’s LLCHD report states.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Lancaster health officials extended the mask mandate to Oct. 28.

Nebraska Secretary of State tests positive

(AP) - Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen has tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, one day before he was scheduled to announce his re-election bid.

A spokeswoman says Evnen has been been fully vaccinated against the virus, and his symptoms are not severe. She said Evnen is working from his home office.

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:

  • 9 a.m.-Noon at Metro Community College South Campus, 2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
  • 9-11 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.
  • 6-8 p.m. at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St.
  • 9 a.m.-Noon at Metro Community College Fort Street North Campus, 5300 N 30th St.
  • 1-4 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-Omaha Dr. C.C. and Mabel Library, 6401 University Dr.
  • 4:30-7 p.m. at Miguel Keith Park and Memorial on the corner of 30th and W streets, next to the Kroc Center
  • 9-11 a.m. at Metro Community College Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.
  • 9-11 a.m. at Intercultural Senior Center, 5545 Center St. (OneWorld will have flu shot clinics as well as COVID-19 vaccine.)
  • 1-4 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.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Millard’s Buell Stadium, 14905 Q St.
  • 8 a.m.-Noon at the Omaha Farmers Market, located at 1011 Jackson St.
  • Noon-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

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