Friday Dec. 10 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 2 deaths, 1 vaccinated
(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 234 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 191 reported a week ago. Of those, 196 were among students, compared to 149 student cases reported last week. The district reported 38 active cases among staff, compared to 42 cases a week ago.
Elkhorn Public Schools reported Friday that it had 53 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 70 reported a week ago. A handful of schools were reporting five or more active cases: West Bay Elementary was reporting nine cases, the most of any school in the district. Elkhorn High School was reporting seven cases, Hillrise Elementary was reporting six cases, and Elkhorn North High School was reporting five cases.
Millard Public Schools on Friday reported 174 active cases in the district, compared to 200 cases reported a week ago. One high school has more than 20 cases, with a handful of schools in the district reporting 10 or more cases:
- Millard North High School has 21 cases, compared to 11 cases last week.
- Millard West High School has 13 cases, compared to 19 cases last week.
- Millard South High School has 11 cases, compared to 17 cases last week.
- Beadle Middle School has 10 cases.
A few schools were reporting five or more cases.
- Regan Elementary School has nine cases.
- Rohwer Elementary has eight cases.
- Aldrich and Morton elementary schools as well as Russell Middle School each have seven cases.
- Montclair Elementary School and Central Middle School each have six cases.
- Disney, Ezra, Hitchcock, Neihardt, and Wheeler elementaries each have five cases, as does Millard North High School.
Papillion La Vista Community Schools had 46 active cases as of Monday: 40 are among students, and six are staff cases. That’s up from the total of 22 cases reported a week ago, with 17 cases among students and five cases reported among staff. The highest total reported by the district this year was 94 cases — 82 among students and 12 among staff — on Week 3 of the school year.
Gretna Public Schools on Friday reported it had 36 active cases, compared to 48 reported a week ago. The district was also reporting 355 recovered cases, compared to 291 reported as recovered a week ago.
Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday reported 67 active COVID-19 cases: 59 among students and eight among staff. A week ago, the district had 61 cases: 65 among students and 16 among staff.
Bellevue Public Schools on Friday reported it had 56 active cases during the week ending Thursday, a jump from the nine cases reported the previous week. Of those cases, 48 were among students, and eight were among staff. The district has reported 718 cases to date during this school year: 609 among students, and 109 among staff.
Westside Community Schools on Friday was reporting 23 active cases: 19 among students and four among staff. The school has reported 390 cases to date during this school: 323 among students, and 67 among staff.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department reported two COVID-19 deaths on Friday: an unvaccinated man in his 70s and a vaccinated woman in her 80s bring the local death toll to 877. A year ago, the death toll was 387.
DCHD also confirmed 324 cases Friday, bringing the total number of cases confirmed during the pandemic to 96,691. A year ago, the health department reported four COVID-19 deaths and 482 cases.
The latest case numbers nudged the current seven-day average to 306 cases from 314 reported a day earlier. A week ago, it was 290; a month ago, it was 195; 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 Thursday afternoon, local hospitals were 91% full with 122 staffed beds available, down from 215 on Monday. A year ago, DCHD reported hospitals were at 82% capacity with 279 beds available.
ICU beds on Thursday were 92% full with 20 staffed beds available, compared to 20 on Wednesday, 33 on Tuesday, 30 on Monday, and nine on Sunday. DCHD also noted Friday that local pediatric ICU beds were at 93% capacity with nine beds available as of Thursday afternoon.
The number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals continues to break records for the year. On Thursday, local hospitals were caring for 332 COVID-19 patients — 12 more than reported the day prior, and the most since Dec. 15, 2020 — including six pediatric patients, which is one more than the day prior. There were 12 fewer COVID-19 patients in area ICUs, for a total of 92 patients; 48 are on ventilators.
Additionally, there are six adult patients awaiting their COVID-19 test results.
According to the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard, the percentage of fully vaccinated Douglas County residents rose to 61.6% from 61.4% the day prior. The dashboard also shows that more kids continue to get vaccinated. As of Friday, the data showed 25.9% of county children ages 5-11 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, with 12.5% now considered fully vaccinated.
DCHD said Friday that they have boosters available for newly eligible 16- and 17-year-olds.
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.
- 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:
- 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.
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
Three regular 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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