Thursday Sept. 30 COVID-19 update: 5 deaths in Douglas County as hospitalizations hit highest point this year
(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 update
The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday reported five more COVID-19 deaths: two women and a man in their 50s and a man in his 80s, all of whom were unvaccinated, as well as a vaccinated woman older than age 85 have died.
The local death toll now stands at 793.
Also on Thursday, DCHD reported 236 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Wednesday, pulling the rolling seven-day average back up from 144 cases to 159 cases. Two weeks ago, the average was 189 cases. About a month ago, it was 177 cases; two months ago, it was 82 cases.
To date, the health department has reported 83,342 positive cases.
Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing. On Thursday, DCHD reported that local hospitals were 89% full, with 147 beds available, down from 220 on Tuesday. Adult ICU beds were 91% occupied with 26 beds available, down from 56 on Tuesday.
Local hospitals are caring for 191 COVID-19 patients, up from 167 on Monday. That total includes six pediatric patients. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 69 are in ICUs, up from 54 on Tuesday; 38 of those patients are on ventilators. Seventeen additional patients — 14 adults and three pediatric patients — are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
A DCHD spokesman confirmed to 6 News on Thursday that local COVID-19 hospitalizations this month have been at their highest point since late November and early December 2020.
Lincoln-Lancaster County update
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported one COVID-19 death on Thursday: a man in his 30s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated, bringing the local death toll to 289.
LLCHD also reported 147 cases, stating partial data was received on Wednesday because of a system maintenance by the state. Thursday’s reported cases also include the rest of Wednesday’s data.
The newly confirmed cases bring the local total to 38,817. Currently, 102 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 22 of them are on ventilators.
Among the county’s population ages 16 and older, 73.7% are fully vaccinated, Thursday’s LLCHD report states.
Iowa school district begins own COVID-19 testing program
(AP) - Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest public school system, will offer drive-through COVID-19 testing starting Monday, in an effort to curb rising virus infections since the governor discontinued a statewide testing program.
School officials say while students and staff will have priority, the public also may get a test. The district entered a contract with Utah-based Nomi Health to begin offering tests starting Monday.
Gov. Kim Reynolds discontinued the widespread Test Iowa program in July saying demand had fallen and vaccines were widely available. But virus cases have surged in the past two months.
Since the school year started, the Des Moines district has had 149 positive cases among staff and 654 among students.
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:
- 9-11 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.
The Douglas County Health Department is 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.
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 Mondays 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: 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.
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Vaccine dashboard: Iowa
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COVID-19 risk dials: Lincoln-Lancaster County
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