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Friday Oct. 1 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 2 deaths — one vaccinated, one not

DCHD warns against misinformation, particularly regarding VAERS
Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 12:04 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.

Health department warns about misinformation

The Douglas County Health Department is cautioning residents about the sources of their information on any health-related topics but especially anything related to COVID-19.

Noting that social media is rife with misleading information, DCHD talked about a particular website, OpenVaers.com, often cited as a verified source of CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reports but is not, and instead provides inappropriate VAERS interpretations that are then distributed as fact.

“Those reports are about possible incidents that may require investigation. No conclusion about a reported incident should be made until the reports are investigated,” the health department release states.

The CDC‘s summary on the VAERS website itself notes that the system is an intake portal for reports from anyone — “healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public” — and that those reports “may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.” In addition, follow-up information or amended data maybe attached during the process of analyzing those reports, but won’t be viewable by the public through VAERS, according to the site.

“A report to VAERS does not mean that the vaccine caused the adverse event, only that the adverse event occurred some time after vaccination,” the website states.

DCHD suggests that those with questions about the vaccine or the virus should ask their doctor, or seek information provided by local health systems and health departments. The health department also noted that “the local news media has done an excellent job of providing solid information.”

Boosters begin in Douglas County

DCHD has begun providing booster shots for those qualified if they have previously received the Pfizer vaccine.

“Anyone who received the Moderna vaccine or Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be aware they will have to wait for additional actions by the FDA and the CDC before seeking their booster shot,” the health department said in a release Friday. “Everyone is advised against mixing COVID-19 vaccines.”

For more information on whether you qualify for a Pfizer booster, see the detailed information provided lower in this post, below the Douglas County vaccination schedule.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported two more COVID-19 deaths: a vaccinated man in his 90s and an unvaccinated woman in her 50s have died, bringing the local death toll to 795.

Also on Friday, DCHD reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Thursday, pulling the rolling seven-day average down slightly to 158 cases. Two weeks ago, the average was 192 cases. A month ago, it was 180 cases; about two months ago, it was 91 cases.

To date, the health department has reported 83,473 positive cases.

Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing. On Friday, DCHD reported that local hospitals were 89% full, with 145 beds available, down from 220 on Tuesday. Adult ICU beds were 91% occupied with 27 beds available, down from 56 on Tuesday.

Local hospitals are caring for 186 COVID-19 patients — five fewer than Thursday but still up from 167 reported on Monday. Friday’s total includes five pediatric patients — one fewer than reported Thursday. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 62 are in ICUs, slightly lower than Thursday but up from 54 on Tuesday; 34 of the current COVID-19 patients are on ventilators. Six additional patients — four adults and two 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 in September were at their highest point since late November and early December 2020.

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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:

FRIDAY
  • 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.
SATURDAY
  • 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.

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Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Friday, October 1, 2021

Pfizer boosters

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

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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