Friday Jan. 14 COVID-19 update: 1,800+ cases again, more than 400 hospitalized in Douglas County

New DHM targets Nebraska Medical Center; mask mandate going back into effect in Lincoln, where schools will temporarily move to 4-day weeks
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 12:24 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.

Governor issues DHM for Nebraska Medicine

Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a directed health measure Friday morning ordering Nebraska Medicine not to perform any pre-scheduled, non-emergency surgeries at its Omaha hospital for a month.

Nebraska Medicine enacted its Crisis Standards of Care plan, effective at 9 a.m. Thursday. Patients were advised that while emergency rooms will remain open, the move could prompt rescheduling or lack of appointments, postponement of surgeries, denial of patient transfers, deployment of medical students into support roles, and use of irregular patient care areas.

But Friday’s DHM, set to go into effect at 5 p.m., orders Nebraska Medical Center to definitively halt Class C, D, and E inpatient and outpatient surgeries, which are pre-scheduled and non-emergency medical surgeries, through Feb. 13.

Lincoln reinstating mask mandate

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will put the city’s mask mandate back into effect Saturday due to an “unprecedented” number of new COVID-19 cases.

The health director is also recommending that for the next four weeks, you should only leave the house to go to work, school, buy food or get medical care or vaccinations.

LLCHD reported four deaths and 701 cases Thursday, for a community total of 372 deaths and 55,614 cases to date. The most recent deaths were a vaccinated woman in her 90s, a vaccinated man in his 90s, an unvaccinated woman in her 40s, and an unvaccinated man in his 50s.

There were also 139 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the health district, 15 of them on ventilators.

The health department also reported Thursday that 64.8% of residents are fully vaccinated.

Bryan Health, based in Lincoln, issued a letter of support of the decision to reinstate the mask mandate, noting that they were caring for 100 COVID-19 patients “requiring our most intensive resources,” in addition to their 441 other patients.

“We invite everyone to be part of the solution. If you are eligible, please get vaccinated. If you’ve been vaccinated, please get your booster. And for all, please Mask Up,” the letter states.

10/11 Now contributed to this report.

Lincoln schools temporarily moving to 4-day weeks

(KOLN) - Lincoln Public Schools is implementing new strategies to address a large number of students missing school and ongoing staffing shortages.

The most significant change will be the cancellation of classes for students on Fridays for three weeks starting with Jan. 21. They are calling these COVID Response Fridays. The only exception is for The Career Academy classes that will be in session in consideration of dual credit instructional hour requirements and scheduling limitations.

LPS buildings will remain open on these days and staff will be working.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 1,294 cases, bringing the local pandemic total there to 56,908 cases.

The death toll there stands at 372 people.

LLCHD said hospitals countywide were caring for 134 COVID-19 patients, 16 of them on ventilators. That’s five fewer COVID-19 patients than were reported Thursday.

As of Thursday, 64.9% of residents were considered fully vaccinated.

Bryan Health update

Bryan Health, based in Lincoln, said Friday it was caring for 83 COVID-19 patients, 11 of whom were on ventilators.

The health system also reported Friday that 26% of its 50 ICUs patients were COVID-19 patients.

Douglas County update

DEATHS: The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported two COVID-19 deaths: a vaccinated man in his 70s and an unvaccinated woman in her 30s have died.

These most recent deaths bring the local COVID-19 death toll to 958 people, according to the health department.

CASES: DCHD also reported 1,834 cases Thursday — another record one-day total — bringing the community total to 121,003 cases since March 2020. The latest report pushes the seven-day rolling average to 1,406 cases — another record — up from the previous record of 1,304 cases, reported on Thursday.

About two weeks ago, the average was 410 cases. A month ago, it was 281 cases. Three months ago, it was 153 cases.

Friday’s report brings the county to a seven-day average per 100,000 population to 1,819.3 cases, up from 1,585.4 cases on Thursday.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Local hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of Thursday afternoon, local hospitals were 90% full, with 139 beds available, down from 151 a day earlier and 174 earlier in the week. ICUs were also 90% full with 30 beds available, down from 31 reported a day earlier, but up from 17 beds reported earlier in the week. Pediatric ICUs remained 83% full, with 23 beds available.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of Thursday afternoon, local hospitals were caring for a total of 403 COVID-19 patients — 17 of them in pediatric care. That’s four more adult patients but one fewer pediatric patient than the day prior.

The last time local COVID-19 hospitalizations were above 400 patients was Nov. 30, 2020, according to the Douglas County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard.

In local ICUs, there were 98 adult patients, down from 100 a day earlier; 50 were on ventilators.

Additionally, seven adult patients and two pediatric patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results.

VACCINATIONS: According to the Douglas County COVID-19 data dashboard, 64.5% of local residents are fully vaccinated. Additionally, 25.5% of local youth ages 5-11, the newest age group eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

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 as indicated below. Those planning to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination card.

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available.
  • Noon-4 p.m at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available.

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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.

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 dose.

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

Pottawattamie County

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:

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 | Bryan Health | 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 quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine

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