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Monday Dec. 6 COVID-19 update: Hospital, ICU patients hit record in Douglas County; 2 of 5 latest deaths were vaccinated

DCHD highlights latest vaccination breakthrough data
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 12:01 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.

Influenza A and B testing for Omaha and Lincoln

Nomi Health is now offering testing for influenza A and influenza B at two of its Omaha and Lincoln COVID-19 testing sites.

Nomi Health officials say people who want to be tested for the flu will take a COVID-19 test, followed by a second test for influenza A and B that will cost $30. Payment is made at the testing site.

The following two locations will offer the influenza A and B test from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no Sunday availability.

Oakview Mall: 3001 S. 144th St., Omaha, NE 68144

Gateway Mall: 6400 O St., Lincoln, NE 68505

DCHD breakthrough vaccination update

A spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department noted Monday that local breakthrough rates for COVID-19 vaccinations have remained very small.

According to the latest data, 0.01% of the fully vaccinated people in Douglas County have become breakthrough cases and died, the spokesman said in an email.

“That’s 48 out of 343,160 fully vaccinated people as of December 2,” he said.

As of Dec. 2, there were 859 COVID-19 deaths reported in the county, meaning that 5.5% of the COVID-19 deaths as of that date were vaccinated people, according to DCHD data. The dashboard also notes that 7,711 breakthrough cases have been reported among 343,160 vaccinated; that amounts to 2.2% of vaccinated people later testing positive for COVID-19.

The county’s COVID-19 dashboard also explains how the health department reports breakthrough data:

DCHD also references a video from the Minnesota Department of Health:

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department reported five additional COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the local death toll to 868: a vaccinated woman in her 40s, an unvaccinated man in his 40s, a vaccinated man in his 70s, an unvaccinated man in his 70s, and an unvaccinated woman in her 80s.

Additionally, DCHD reported that 654 additional COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the past day, bringing the local case total to 95,239. A year ago, DCHD reported no COVID-19 deaths and 620 new positive cases.

The rolling seven-day average jumped from 290 cases on Friday to 334 cases on Monday. A week ago, it was 211; about a month ago, it was 171; it hasn’t been below 100 cases since Aug. 3.

Local hospital capacity stats are updated daily according to staffing levels. DCHD reports that as of Sunday afternoon, local hospitals were 87% full with 184 staffed beds available, up from 116 reported on Friday but down from 310 available a week ago. A year ago, DCHD reported hospitals were at 78% capacity with 330 beds available.

ICU beds on Sunday were 93% full, with nine staffed beds available; a week prior, there were 45. DCHD also reported Monday that pediatric ICU beds were also 93% full, with nine beds available.

Douglas County hospitals were caring for 292 patients with COVID-19 — a record for the year — compared to 282 reported on Friday and 269 reported a week ago. Of those hospitalized with the virus, nine were pediatric COVID-19 patients, compared to four reported Friday.

The number of ICU patients jumped from 84 reported Friday to 108; about a month ago it was 89; two months ago, there were 61 COVID-19 patients in local ICUs.

Douglas County was reporting 292 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sunday, setting a record for...
Douglas County was reporting 292 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sunday, setting a record for 2021.(Douglas County Health Department)

Of the current patients, 50 are on ventilators, down from 56 reported on Friday and the record number of 57 a week ago.

Additionally, three adult patients and one pediatric patient are awaiting COVID-19 test results, DCHD said.

To date, 65.1% of residents ages 5 and older are vaccinated; that translates to 60.3% of the community. As of Monday, 23.1% of local children ages 5-11 have had their first pediatric COVID-19 vaccination, with 5.3% of local kids considered fully vaccinated.

Lincoln-Lancaster update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department confirmed another 214 COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the local case total to 45,978.

The county’s death toll remains at 331.

LLCHD also reported area hospitals were caring for 101 COVID-19 patients, nine less than reported on Friday; 6 of them are on ventilators.

Currently, 62.8% of Lancaster County residents are fully vaccinated.

Iowa coronavirus cases increasing; 721 people hospitalized

(AP) - Iowa is continuing to see a high level of coronavirus cases with the number of confirmed infections rising significantly in the past week.

State Department of Public Health data released Monday show 12,254 confirmed positive cases in the past week, up from 9,706 on Friday. There were 721 people hospitalized with the virus.

Of those, 162 were in intensive care, up from 156 reported Friday. The CDC says Iowa has 57.2% of its population fully vaccinated, ranking it 24th in the nation.

A third of Iowans age 5 and older remain unvaccinated.

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
  • 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

Below is a list of the Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for this week, including child vaccination clinics at area schools. All clinics are open to the public for any approved shot in the vaccination series. Those planning to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination card.

MONDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Andersen Middle School, located at 15404 Adams St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
TUESDAY
  • Noon-4 p.m. at Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Millard Central Middle School, located at 12801 L. St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
WEDNESDAY
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer & Moderna vaccines available.
  • 5-7 p.m. at Gateway Elementary School, located at 5610 S. 42nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
THURSDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Beadle Middle School, located at 18201 Jefferson St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 5-7 p.m. at Skinner Magnet Center, located at 4304 N. 33rd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
FRIDAY
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Kiewit Middle, located 15650 Howard St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
SATURDAY
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Westside Middle School, located at 8601 Arbor St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Omaha Children’s Museum, located at 500 S. 20th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 3-5 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, located at 2535 S. 42nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+

Today's #Covid19 Update is right here: https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news Nebraska Department of Health...

Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Thursday, December 2, 2021

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.

Around Omaha

SOUTH OMAHA: Testing and vaccinations are 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 obtain COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters at the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. weekdays. Appointments can also be scheduled online.

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 vaccination clinics

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

MONDAY
  • 3-5 p.m. at Springfield Community Center, 104 Main St.
  • 4-6 p.m. at Bellevue Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive
TUESDAY
  • 4-6 p.m. at Papillion-La Vista South High School, 10799 NE-370
THURSDAY
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Conestoga High School, 8404 42nd St., Murray, Neb.
MONDAY DEC. 13
  • 1-3 p.m. at Louisville Public Schools, 202 W. Third St.

Appointments are recommended but not required. For scheduling assistance, call 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873.

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 | Papillion-La Vista 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

WOWT.com quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine

Correction: A previous report incorrectly stated the vaccination status of one of Monday’s COVID-19 deaths. 6 News regrets the error.

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