Tuesday Oct. 5 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports another unvaccinated death
(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 health director update
Dr. Lindsay Huse began her weekly update Tuesday with a bit of positive news.
“This is a week of some good news, I think. Although we are still hanging out in the high-transmission category for COVID, it seems that we are actually in a plateau and possibly coming down right now in cases,” she told the Douglas County Commissioners on Tuesday morning.
CASES: Dr. Huse said the county has been under 200 cases per 100,000 people for the past week, noting that there has been a plateau with a dip downward that could be a trend if it continues. She said that would be consistent with other places that have been experiencing a similar wave of COVID-19 cases.
In the past couple of weeks, pediatric and adolescent cases have been decreasing, though this week’s report did show an increase. She said that could be a trend, but it was too soon to tell and would be something the health department would keep an eye on.
Right now, the county’s most noticeable increase in cases is among the 30-39 age group but the number of pediatric cases is also up slightly from last week, with 2 per 1,000 kids now positive for COVID-19, she said.
“We continue to of course watch what’s happening in the schools. We’re working with them very closely to control any clusters or outbreaks that we’re seeing there,” Dr. Huse said.
HOSPITALIZATIONS & CAPACITY: Hospital and ICU capacity in Douglas County “has shifted a lot higher at times in the past week,” Dr. Huse said, noting that both categories hit above 90% in the past week, which she called “very concerning.”
DCHD is continuing its conversations with health care providers and systems about hospital capacity and how to manage that.
“It’s not just a problem we’re having here in Douglas County, but really regionally and beyond,” Dr. Huse said. “So transfers can tend to be very difficult when, even if you go beyond your community, you’re not going to be able to find beds when you need them... and a big part of that is staffing. We continue to have a lot of struggles with finding nurses.”
BREAKTHROUGH CASES: Douglas County is reporting 1.1% of those vaccinated against COVID-19 testing positive for the virus: 3,684 cases among 323,287 vaccinated residents.
Dr. Huse said that breakthrough cases should be slowed even further as more vaccination boosters are administered.
VACCINATIONS: The county saw a “bump” in vaccinations at the end of September following the approval of the COVID-19 Pfizer booster dose, the health director said Tuesday.
Currently, the health department is reporting that 68.7% of Douglas County residents ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated, which translates to 56.8% of the county being fully vaccinated.
“We’re making progress, but it’s slow progress,” Dr. Huse said.
The health director noted that the vaccination rate among the local black community continues to lag but said the health department is continuing to work with community partners to address that. Geographically, the most heavily vaccinated population is in the west and northwest parts of Omaha, she said.
Dr. Huse noted that the health department has also opened up its homebound program to make vaccinations, and even boosters, to those who aren’t able to get to a clinic for any reason and need to have their vaccine administered at home.
BOOSTERS: The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard does not yet have the information breakdown for booster doses.
“That really has to do with the state registry and how data is collected and separated out at the level,” Dr. Huse said. “It’s a conversation that’s ongoing at the state, though.”
Boosters and third shots are available from the health department and other avenues that have been providing COVID-19 vaccinations this year.
UPCOMING CHANGES: Dr. Huse is anticipating news from the FDA in coming weeks about Moderna and J&J vaccine boosters, as well as vaccination availability for youth ages 5-11.
Watch the health director’s full report
Health department clarifies its vaccination administration
The Douglas County Health Department is making sure that residents know that DCHD is not administering COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots at the same time.
“Medically it is permissible to give both shots at the same time — and that may be happening at some providers,” said a DCHD spokesman, stressing that health department clinics are not doing so.
A list of this week’s local COVID-19 vaccination clinics can be found below.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department on Tuesday reported another COVID-19 death: an unvaccinated woman in her 70s died, bringing the local death toll to 797.
Also on Tuesday, DCHD reported 208 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since Monday, decreasing the rolling seven-day average from 160 cases to 149. Two weeks ago, the average was 187 cases. About a month ago, it was 206 cases; two months ago, it was 101 cases.
To date, the health department has reported 84,027 positive cases.
Hospitalizations fluctuate daily according to staffing. On Tuesday, DCHD reported that local hospitals were 81% full, with 237 beds available, down from 241 on Monday but up from 145 on Friday. Adult ICU beds were 84% occupied with 48 beds available, down from 53 on Monday but up from 27 on Friday.
Local hospitals are caring for 200 COVID-19 patients, up from 195 on Monday and 186 on Friday. Tuesday’s total includes five pediatric patients — three fewer than reported Monday. Among current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 59 are in ICUs, up from 54 on Monday but down from 62 on Friday; 35 of the current COVID-19 patients remain on ventilators.
Additionally, three adult patients are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
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:
- Noon-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
- 9 a.m.-noon at the OPS TAC Health Fair, located on the fourth floor at 3215 Cuming St.
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Heart Ministry, located at 2222 Binney St.
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clair United Methodist Church, 5544 Ames Ave.
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at UNO’s Criss Library, 6401 University Drive, with parking available in Lot E
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
- 4-8 p.m. at Cody Elementary School, 3320 S. 127th St.
- 4-8:15 p.m. at Russell Middle School, 5304 S. 172nd St.
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St.
- 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Old Market Farmers Market, 1011 Jackson 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.
Sarpy/Cass health district
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccinations at its offices, located at 701 Olson Drive in Papillion:
- Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 1-6 p.m.
The health department offers the following vaccines at its clinics:
- First and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single doses
- Additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna for immunocompromised people
- Pfizer booster
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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Correction: A previous headline incorrectly listed the vaccination status of Douglas County’s most recent COVID-19 death. 6 News regrets the error.
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