Thursday Dec. 9 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 6 deaths, 2 vaccinated
Iowa reports its first omicron variant case
(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.
Three Rivers update
Three Rivers Public Health Department reported five COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing the total deaths in the district serving Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties to 165.
To date, 3RPHD has reported 13,757 cases on its COVID-19 dashboard, with 306 cases reported there in the past week. Dodge County has reported 160 cases in the last seven days, Saunders County has reported 63, and Washington County has reported 83. The rolling seven-day average in the three-county health district is 55, according to the dashboard.
The test positivity rate for the health district as of Sunday is 16.7%, down from 17.8% reported the week prior. The rate has remained above 14% since Oct. 31; prior to then, 3RPHD hadn’t reported levels that high since Nov. 8, 2020. Dodge County’s positivity rate as of Saturday was 15.9%, down from 17.3% the week prior; Saunders County was at 14.8%, down from 16.7% the week prior; Washington County was at 19.5%, down from 20.2%.
The 3RPHD dashboard is also reporting that 70.1% of those ages 16 and older in the health district are fully vaccinated. In Dodge County, 55.4% of the total population is vaccinated. In Saunders County, it’s 53.9%; and in Washington County, 55.3% are vaccinated.
3RPHD is planning the following vaccination clinics next week at the Three Rivers Clinic, located at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont:
- 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesday
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday
- 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17
Omicron case confirmed in Iowa
(KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Lab on Thursday confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Iowa.
IDPH said the case involves an unvaccinated person younger than age 18 who lives in Black Hawk County in east Iowa.
The family told Health officials the person remains asymptomatic but was tested due to travel exposure and public health guidance.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department reported six COVID-19 deaths on Thursday: five men ages 64-90, one of whom was vaccinated, and a vaccinated woman older than age 75 have died, bringing the local death toll to 875. A year ago, the death toll was 383.
DCHD also confirmed 357 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases confirmed during the pandemic to 96,391. A year ago, the health department reported 10 COVID-19 deaths and 492 cases.
The latest case numbers nudged the current seven-day average to 314 cases from 317 reported a day earlier. A week ago, it was 270; a month ago, it was 190; it hasn’t been below 100 cases since Aug. 3. The county’s positivity rate as of Saturday was 13%.
Local hospital capacity stats are updated daily according to staffing levels. DCHD reports that as of Wednesday afternoon, local hospitals were 93% full with 25 staffed beds available, down from 162 on Tuesday, 215 on Monday, and 184 on Sunday. A year ago, DCHD reported hospitals were at 82% capacity with 279 beds available.
DCHD also noted Thursday that local pediatric beds were at 92% capacity with 10 beds available Wednesday, compared to 11 on Tuesday and eight the day prior.
ICU beds on Wednesday were 92% full with 25 staffed beds available, compared to 33 on Tuesday, 30 on Monday, and nine on Sunday.
The number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals continues to break records for the year. On Wednesday, local hospitals were caring for 320 COVID-19 patients — 24 more than reported the day prior, and the most since Dec. 18, 2020 — including five pediatric patients, which is two more than the day prior. There were two more COVID-19 patients in area ICUs, for a total of 104 patients, but still fewer than the 109 reported Monday, which was also a record for the year. Of the current ICU patients, 48 are on ventilators.
Additionally, there is one pediatric patient awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
The health department stressed again Thursday that “the vaccine remains your best protection against COVID-19.” You can find a list of upcoming vaccination clinics lower in this post.
According to the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard, kids continue to get vaccinated. As of Thursday, the data showed 25.5% of county children ages 5-11 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, with 11.6% now considered fully vaccinated. Those numbers pushed the percentage of fully vaccinated Douglas County residents to 61.4%.
Lincoln-Lancaster County update
The Lincoln-Lancaster County health department confirmed three deaths on Thursday, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 60s who were hospitalized and unvaccinated, and a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and vaccinated, bringing the local death toll to 338.
Officials were not able to receive data Thursday afternoon for COVID-19 cases; 233 cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 46,366.
LLCHD also reported area hospitals were caring for 106 COVID-19 patients; 5 of them are on ventilators.
Currently, 63.9% of Lancaster County residents are fully vaccinated.
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
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 as indicated below. Those planning to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination card.
- 4-7 p.m. at Beadle Middle School, located at 18201 Jefferson St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 4-7 p.m. at DC West High School cafeteria/community area, located at 401 S. Pine St. in Valley – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 5-7 p.m. at Skinner Magnet Center, located at 4304 N. 33rd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 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 School, located at 15650 Howard St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 4-7 p.m. at George Russell Middle School, located at 5304 S. 172nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 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+
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:
- Livestock Building, located at 4920 S. 30th St. in south Omaha
- In Bellevue, at 2207 Georgia Ave.
- In northwest Omaha at 4229 N. 90th St.
- In Plattsmouth at 122 S. Sixth St.
OneWorld will also offer children’s COVID-19 vaccinations at school health centers:
- Bryan High School, located at 4700 Giles Road
- Indian Hill Elementary, located at 3121 U St.
- Liberty Elementary, located at 2021 St. Mary’s Ave.
- Spring Lake Elementary, located at 4215 S. 20th St.
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 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 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.
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:
- 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Conestoga High School, 8404 42nd St., Murray, Neb.
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, located at 701 Olson Drive in Papillion
- 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:
- Wahoo: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at 1320 E. 31st St.
- Fremont: 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-3:30 p.m. Fridays at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave.
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.
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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