Friday Nov. 5 COVID-19 update: Omaha-area hospitalizations decrease this week, but ICU patients spike

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 1:07 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 western Iowa.

Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.

Public schools dashboard updates

Omaha Public Schools reported Friday that it had 84 active positive COVID-19 cases among students, down from 92 last week but up from 65 two weeks ago; and 20 among staff, up from 25 last week and 16 reported two weeks ago.

Elkhorn Public Schools reported Friday that it had 18 active COVID-19 cases, down from 26 last week but up from 12 the week prior.

Millard Public Schools on Friday was reporting 155 active COVID-19 cases, up from 92 last week and 42 the week prior. That included 51 cases at Black Elk Elementary, which added a case since its update Thursday. The district was also reporting 13 cases at Disney Elementary, up from seven reported last week; 10 cases at Millard South High School, up from six reported last week; and 10 at Ackerman Elementary as well. Overall, as of Friday, there were 20 cases at MPS high schools, 17 at middle schools, none in the district office and the remainder were in the elementary schools — no cases were reported at other district buildings, including YAP.

Gretna Public Schools on Friday reported it had 10 active cases, down 18 last week and three from the week prior; and 202 recovered cases, up from 181 last week and 157 the week prior.

Bellevue Public Schools on Friday reported 35 students had been confirmed positive for COVID-19 during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 — 13 more cases than last week. There were seven staff cases reported Friday, up from three cases last week and no cases the week prior. Bellevue West and Bellevue East were reporting five cases, and Peter Sarpy and Betz elementaries were each reporting four cases. The district has reported positive cases for 343 students and 62 staff since the start of the school year.

Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday reported 29 students and seven staff currently had COVID-19, up from 19 and five cases a week ago, respectively.

Baxter Arena lifts mask requirement

Baxter Arena officials said Friday that masks were no longer required at the venue for public events.

“Vistors are still encouraged to wear facial coverings,” a spokesman said in a news release.

The policy is subject to change, the release states.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department reported four COVID-19 deaths on Friday: All were vaccinated men — one was in his 40s, and three were older than 70; two of them had underlying conditions, according to the health department.

The local death toll now stands at 838.

DCHD also confirmed 276 new positive COVID-19 cases since Thursday, jumping the seven-day average from 149 to 166 cases. The health department has confirmed 88,412 positive cases to date.

Local hospital capacity stats are updated daily according to staffing levels. As of Thursday afternoon, hospitals were 85% full, with 190 beds available, up from 182 on Wednesday but still down from 212 available Monday. ICUs were 85% full, compared to 91% reported last Friday, with 45 beds available, down from 49 on Wednesday.

DCHD reported another decrease in COVID-19 patients at local hospitals. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 187 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, including two pediatric patients. That’s down from 201 on Monday. As of Thursday afternoon, 89 COVID-19 patients were being cared for in ICUs — the most reported this year — compared to 65 reported last Friday. Of those, 40 of those patients are on ventilators, down from 44 reported earlier this week but up from 32 reported last Friday.

Additionally, three adult patients are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

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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 scheduled for this week, including child vaccination clinics at area schools:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Skinner Magnet Center, located 4303 N. 33rd St. – This clinic will offer Moderna shots only.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Beveridge Magnet Middle School, located at 616 S. 120th St. – This clinic will offer vaccinations for ages 5 and older, including adults.
  • 4-7 p.m. at McMillan Magnet Middle School, located at 3802 Redick Ave. – This clinic will offer vaccinations for ages 5 and older, including adults.
  • Noon-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St.
  • 3-7 p.m. at the Element Learning Center, located at 7230 Florence Blvd. – This Pfizer & Moderna clinic is by appointment only.
  • 4-7 p.m. at R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School, located at 5619 S. 19th St. – This clinic will offer vaccinations for ages 5 and older, including adults.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, located at 6143 Whitmore St. – This clinic will offer vaccinations for ages 5 and older, including adults.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Millard North Middle School, located at 2828 S. 139th St. – This clinic will offer vaccinations for ages 5 and older, including adults.

Health department officials said they are planning additional clinics at schools throughout the county in coming weeks, according to the DCHD release. State health officials said Wednesday that they’re expecting 64,200 initial doses of children’s vaccine — enough to cover nearly 35% of Nebraska children in the 5-11 age range.

In-home appointments

DCHD is helping those homebound to get vaccinated, scheduling in-home appointments for all three adult vaccination varieties, for any shot in the series.

To arrange this, call the DCHD information helpline at 402-444-3400.

DCHD booster plan

All Douglas County Health Department pop-up clinics will offer only Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccinations, but once Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters are authorized, the health department plans to have all three available at its in-house and drive-through clinics.

Booster shots are recommended for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and are:

  • ages 65 and older
  • anyone age 18 and older who lives in a long-term care setting
  • anyone age 18 and older who has underlying medical conditions
  • anyone age 18 and older who lives or works in a high-risk setting

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

Boosters are also recommended for those who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago, according to the health department.

Those with questions about boosters, particularly those with questions about underlying medical conditions or being in a high-risk setting, are advised to contact their healthcare providers or call the DCHD Information Line at 402-444-3400.

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 “high-risk” 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.

Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is planning to offer dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics for about a month, starting by Thursday, Nov. 11 — or sooner, if they are supplied the doses before that.

  • 5-7 p.m. Thursdays at West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices
  • 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices

After Saturday, Dec. 11, pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations will be available by appointment at any Children’s Hospital location.

  • 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.

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.

Sarpy/Cass child vaccination clinics

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department has scheduled vaccination clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric doses, starting Friday:

  • 10 a.m.-noon at Bellevue Senior Center, located at 109 W. 22nd Ave.
  • 5-7 p.m. at Plattsmouth Middle School, located at 1724 8th Ave.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Weeping Water Public Schools, located at 204 West O St.
  • 4-6 p.m. at Gretna Middle School, located at 11705 South 216th St.
  • 3-5 p.m. at Springfield Community Center, located at 104 Main St.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Bellevue Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive
  • 4-7 p.m. at Papillion-LaVista South High School, located at 10799 NE-370 in Papillion
  • 1-3 p.m. at Louisville Public Schools, located at 202 W. 3rd St.

Appointments are recommended but not required.

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.

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 first and second doses of Pfizer and Modern vaccines, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single doses, and booster doses of all three vaccines.

Sarpy/Cass boosters

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department has three clinics planned for the coming weeks, with first and second vaccinations and booster doses — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

  • Saturday, Oct. 30: The clinic will run from 9-11 a.m. at the Cass County Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 8420 144th St. in Weeping Water.
  • Monday, Nov. 1: The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plattsmouth Senior Center, 308 S. 18th St.
  • Friday, Nov. 5: The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-noon at Bellevue Senior Center, 109 W. 22nd Ave.

Three Rivers health district

  • In Dodge County, the Three Rivers Fremont location, at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave., is open for walk-ins from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
  • In Saunders County, the Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo, at 1320 E. 31st St., is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third 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 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 | UNO | Midland University

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

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