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Friday Nov. 12 COVID-19 update: Douglas County’s 2-day report includes 4 deaths, 525 cases

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 12:15 PM CST
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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 132 active COVID-19 cases. Of those, 94 were among students, up from 84 student cases reported last Friday and 92 the week prior. The district reported 38 active cases among staff, up from 20 cases last week and 25 the week before.

Elkhorn Public Schools reported Friday that it had 56 active COVID-19 cases, up from 52 reported Thursday. Last Friday, that number was 18; the week before, it was 26. Skyline Elementary has the most cases of any school in the district: 15 active cases, up one from Thursday. Elkhorn Middle School has seven cases, Elkhorn High School has six, and there are four cases each at Manchester and Sagewood elementaries.

Millard Public Schools on Friday was reporting an increase of two active COVID-19 cases since its Thursday update, totaling 170 cases throughout the district. Last Friday, MPS reported it had 155 active cases in its schools; on Thursday, it was 168. High schools had 26 cases, up from 22 on Thursday and 20 last week; 18 of the cases reported this week are at Millard North. Middle schools reported 22 cases, one fewer than Thursday but up from 17 last week; half of the cases reported this week are at Central.

Cases have continued to decrease at Black Elk Elementary, falling to 17 on Friday from 35 on Wednesday and 27 on Thursday. The school has been closed since Nov. 1 due to an outbreak that saw as many as 51 positive cases — one of them a child, who ended up in the ICU. Black Elk is scheduled to resume on-site classes on Monday.

Several other elementary schools were reporting nine or more cases on Friday: Cody has 14, Ackerman has 12, Disney has 10, and Reagan and Sandoz each have nine.

Gretna Public Schools on Friday reported it had 15 active cases, up from 10 last week, but down from 18 reported the week prior. The district was reporting 214 recovered cases, up from 202 recovered last week, and 181 the week before that.

Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday reported 48 students had COVID-19, up from 29 a week ago, and 19 the week prior. Among staff, there were 13 active COVID-19 cases, up from seven cases a week ago and five the week prior.

Bellevue Public Schools updated its dashboard late; on Monday it was showing 49 students and 15 staff were positive for COVID-19.

Three Rivers update

Three Rivers Public Health District on Friday said that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the health district had nearly tripled in the last month.

According to the health district’s COVID-19 dashboard, 362 cases have been reported in Dodge, Washington, and Saunders counties in the last seven days, for a positivity rate of 17.2%.

  • Dodge County has had reported an increase from Oct. 10, when the positivity rate was 8.3%. As of Sunday, that rate was up to 19.8%
  • Saunders County had a sharper increase, starting at nearly 9% on Oct. 10 and jumping to 20% on Oct. 31, but reported a decline in the last week, reporting 16.7% on Sunday.
  • Washington County has hovered around 11-13% during this timeframe, rising to 13.5% on Oct. 24 and falling to 11% on Oct. 31 and then increasing again, landing at 12.6% on Sunday.

“We need individuals to say home if they are sick and to avoid large crowds. We do have a tool that can be utilized and that is the COVID-19 vaccination — please consider getting vaccinated if you are not,” 3RPHD Executive Director Terra Uhing said in the news release.

3RDPH data shows 68.2% of residents in the three-county area ages 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

The health department is giving out boosters to those in certain risk categories who have had Pfizer vaccinations. It is also working with area businesses and schools to provide plan more COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Three pediatric vaccination clinics have been set up for children ages 5-11:

The health department has the necessary forms posted on their website, for minors and adults, for those who would like to fill them out ahead of their visit.

Those who are home-bound or require special accommodations but need a COVID-19 test or vaccine can contact the health district at 402-704-2245 to make arrangements.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported four COVID-19 deaths: an unvaccinated man in his 20s; two vaccinated men, one in his 50s and one in his 60s; and an unvaccinated woman in her 60s.

The four deaths bring the local death toll to 844.

DCHD also reported that 525 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the past two days. DCHD was closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday and did not issue a report.

The new positives bring the seven-day average up from 195 to 207 cases — the highest it’s been since January.

Local hospital capacity stats are updated daily according to staffing levels. As of Thursday afternoon, local hospitals were 92% full with 108 beds available, down from 135 beds available on Tuesday and 177 available on Monday. It’s also 135 beds less than were available on Sunday. ICUs were 92% full on Thursday, with 22 beds available — four more than were available Tuesday, but eight less than were available on Monday and 13 less than Sunday.

Local hospitals are caring for 192 patients as of Thursday afternoon, four more than reported on Tuesday. Of those, 65 were still in ICUs, with 33 on ventilators, one fewer than the previous report. There were also still five pediatric COVID-19 patients.

Additionally, three adult patients were awaiting COVID-19 tests.

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:

FRIDAY
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All three vaccines available.
  • 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.
SATURDAY
  • drive-through clinic from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at CHI Health Center, off Abbott Drive – All three vaccines available.
  • Noon-4 p.m. at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, located at 2602 N. 24th St. – Pfizer and J&J vaccines available.

View the above schedule in Spanish.

MONDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Andersen Middle School, located at 15404 Adams St. – Pfizer vaccines available.
TUESDAY
  • Noon to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All three vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Millard Central Middle School, located at 12801 L. St. – Pfizer vaccines available.
WEDNESDAY
  • 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available.
  • 1-6 p.m. drive-through clinic at CHI Health Center arena’s Lot D, located off Abbott Drive – All three vaccines available.
THURSDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Beadle Middle School, located at 18201 Jefferson St. – Pfizer vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. in the cafeteria at DC West High School, located at 401 S. Pine St. in Valley, Neb. – Pfizer vaccines available.
FRIDAY NOV. 19
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department clinic, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All three vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Kiewett Middle School, located at 15650 Howard St. – Pfizer vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at George Russell Middle School, 5304 S. 172nd St. – Pfizer vaccines available.
SATURDAY NOV. 20
  • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. drive-through clinic at CHI Health Center arena’s Lot D, located off Abbott Drive – All three vaccines available.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Westside Middle School, located at 8601 Arbor St. – Pfizer vaccines available.

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.

OneWorld child vaccination clinics

OneWorld is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations, for children ages 5-11, at the following clinics:

OneWorld will also offer children’s COVID-19 vaccinations at school health centers:

Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis; or you can call 402-734-4110 to make an appointment.

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:

FRIDAY
  • 4-6 p.m. at Gretna Middle School, located at 11705 South 216th St.
MONDAY
  • 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
TUESDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Papillion-LaVista South High School, located at 10799 NE-370 in Papillion
MONDAY, NOV. 22
  • 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

Three Rivers Public Health Department is giving out boosters to those in certain risk categories who have had Pfizer vaccinations. It is also working with area businesses and schools to provide plan more COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Three pediatric vaccination clinics have been set up for children ages 5-11:

The health department has the necessary forms posted on their website, for minors and adults, for those who would like to fill them out ahead of their visit.

3RPHD’s regular clinics will continue:

  • In Dodge County, the Three Rivers clinic at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont, 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, located 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.

Those who are home-bound or require special accommodations but need a COVID-19 test or vaccine can contact the health district at 402-704-2245 to make arrangements.

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

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