Thursday Jan. 13 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 2 deaths, more than 1,800 cases
(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.
Methodist Health System update
Methodist Health is giving an update on patient capacity at their hospitals and the impact of the omicron COVID-19 variant.
Methodist says their hospitals are seeing some of the highest COVID-19 numbers since the pandemic began, and are concerned about the forecasts for the spread of the omicron variant in this community. In particular, Methodist says their ICUs are at or over capacity on a daily basis and emergency departments are coping with numerous people seeking tests, vaccinations, and other care.
Meanwhile, Methodist reports that staff are caring for younger — and mostly unvaccinated — populations and an increase in the number of COVID-positive pregnant women, and pediatric calls are mostly COVID-related as positivity rates climb among that population.
The following Methodist physicians will participate in Thursday’s update:
- Dr. Sumit Mukherjee, pulmonologist and critical care coordinator, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
- Dr. Emily Patel, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Methodist Women’s Hospital
- Dr. Matthew Gibson, pediatrician, Methodist Physicians Clinic
- Dr. Michele Williams, emergency department medical director, Methodist Fremont Health
Methodist doctors reported a shocking development Thursday, saying they are seeing stillbirths related to COVID-19 infections in Omaha.
Dr. Patel with Methodist Women’s Hospital specializes in high-risk pregnancies. She said she’s seeing the highest numbers of COVID-positive pregnant women throughout the entire pandemic, and it’s resulting in serious birth issues.
“There have been maternal deaths in our state because of this,” she said.
While instances like this have been increasing over the last several weeks, resources are stretched thin throughout the Methodist Health System. Dr. Patel said her best advice is for pregnant women to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Dr. Williams urged the public to be patient when seeking urgent care as medical staff are doing the best they can in a difficult situation.
“Some of the patients and family members are really giving them a hard time. Like, ‘Why are we sitting in the waiting room? Why don’t you have a spot for us? Why can’t our entire family come back and visit this patient who’s in the emergency department?’ So what I would ask the general public is to be patient with our healthcare workers — everyone is still trying to do our absolute best under circumstances that are not what we’re used to and not ideal.”
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Douglas County update
DEATHS: The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday reported two COVID-19 deaths: two men in the 70s have died, one of them vaccinated.
These most recent deaths bring the local COVID-19 death toll to 956 people, according to the health department.
CASES: DCHD reported 1,834 cases Thursday — a record one-day total — bringing the community total to 118,440 cases. The latest report pushes the seven-day rolling average to 1,304 cases — another record — up from the previous record: 1,263 cases, reported on Wednesday.
Thursday’s report brings the county to a seven-day average per 100,000 population to 1,585.4 cases, up from 1,534 on Tuesday.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Local hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of Wednesday afternoon, local hospitals were 89% full, with 151 beds available, down from 159 a day earlier and 174 two days before. ICUs were 90% full with 31 beds available, up from 17 beds reported a day earlier and 22 two days prior. Pediatric ICUs remained 83% full, with 23 beds available.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of Wednesday afternoon, local hospitals were caring for a total of 399 COVID-19 patients — 18 of them in pediatric care. That’s four more adult patients and four additional pediatric patients than the day prior. DCHD noted that the total of pediatric COVID-19 patients is also a record total.
In local ICUs, there were 100 adult patients, up from 99 a day earlier; 51 were on ventilators.
Additionally, eight adult patients and two pediatric patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results.
VACCINATIONS: According to the Douglas County COVID-19 data dashboard, 64.3% of local residents are fully vaccinated. Additionally, 24.9% of local youth ages 5-11, the newest age group eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
“These are unprecedented times, and we need everyone’s help,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in Thursday’s release. “The current COVID-19 surge is not over and we don’t know how long it will last, but what you do can make a difference.”
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Thursday reported four COVID-19 deaths: a vaccinated woman in her 90s, a vaccinated man in his 80s, an unvaccinated woman in her 40s, and an unvaccinated man in his 50s. The pandemic death toll there is now 372 people.
The health department also reported 701 cases, bringing the total to 55,614 cases to date.
LLCHD said hospitals countywide were caring for 139 COVID-19 patients, 15 of them on ventilators.
As of Thursday, 64.8% of residents were considered 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.
- 1-4 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, located at 5300 N. 30 St. Head for Building No. 23 near 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway; parking in Lot A. – Pfizer for ages 12+
- 4-7 p.m. at Benson High Magnet School, located at 5120 Maple St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
- 4-7 p.m. at Omaha South Magnet School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
FRIDAY JAN. 14
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available.
TUESDAY JAN. 18
- Noon-4 p.m at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available.
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.
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 dose.
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 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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