Tuesday Jan. 18 COVID-19 update: Most Nomi Health test sites closed Wednesday, Thursday

Douglas County Health Department reports 6 unvaccinated deaths, more than 1,700 cases
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 1:46 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.

Nomi Health closing most test sites for 2 days

Nomi Health said Tuesday night that it will close test sites in Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island for the next two days because of the extreme cold in the forecast.

Council Bluffs is an indoor site, so it will remain open. The same goes for the company’s test site in Scottsbluff.

“Nomi Health will be notifying the people via email who had appointments in Omaha and Lincoln that they will be accepting walk-ups at the Council Bluffs site tomorrow and Thursday if they want to get tested at that location,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Nomi’s sites in Des Moines and Iowa City will also be closed for the next two days.

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Omaha-area school dashboards snapshot

Here’s where local districts’ COVID-19 totals stand since Monday for some districts that updated stats over the holiday break, others didn’t update any numbers since our last full report on Jan. 7.

Omaha Public Schools had 227 cases ahead of its holiday break but reported 594 cases upon its return: 469 among students and 125 among staff. On Friday, OPS reported 744 cases: 592 among students, and 152 among staff.

Westside Community Schools reported 126 cases when returning from the holiday break: 94 among students and 32 among staff. As of Monday, the school district was reporting 16 cases: 14 among students, and two staffers. The district has reported 879 cases to date during this school year: 708 among students and 171 among staff. The majority of cases have been at Westside High School and Westside Middle School.

During the 2020-21 school year, Westside had 568 cases: 400 among students and 168 among staff.

Millard Public Schools reported 297 cases after returning from the holiday break. On Friday, that number was at 274 cases.

Two high schools and two middle schools were reporting the most cases: 23 at Millard North High School, 21 cases at Beadle Middle School, and 18 cases each at Millard South High School, Millard West High School, and Central Middle School.

Three elementary schools were reporting 10 or more cases, with a few more reporting nearly 10. Here’s a breakdown of those schools:

  • Harvey Oaks reported 11 cases
  • Abbott and Wheeler reported 10 cases each
  • Black Elk, Neihardt, and Norris reported eight cases each
  • Ackerman, Hitchcock, and Reeder each reported seven cases

Elkhorn Public Schools reported Monday that it had 120 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 89 earlier this month and 55 reported in December. Elkhorn Middle School was reporting 10 cases on Monday. Three schools in the district were reporting nine cases: West Dodge Elementary, Elkhorn Valley View Middle School, and Elkhorn South High School.

Papillion La Vista Community Schools had 44 active cases as of Dec. 20, and 348 cases as of Jan. 10, its most recent update. The district’s website also noted a 10.4% absentee rate for the week of Jan. 12, up from a 5.2% absentee rate a week earlier.

Bellevue Public Schools reported 274 active cases on Friday, up from 124 the week before and 47 cases as of Dec. 23. Of those cases, 225 were among students and 49 were staff. That’s up from 90 students and 34 among staff on the previous week’s report.

The high schools by far had the most active cases: Bellevue West had 35 student cases and five staff cases; Bellevue East had 35 cases among students and six among staff. Other schools with more than 20 cases included:

  • 26 cases at Avery Elementary, 20 among students
  • 24 cases at Lewis & Clark Middle School, 21 among students

Several had 10 or more active cases:

  • 16 at Mission Middle School, 13 among students
  • 13 cases at Fairview Elementary, 10 among students
  • 12 cases each at Leonard Lawrence and Wake Robin elementaries
  • 11 cases each at Logan Fontenelle Middle School and LeMay Elementary
  • 10 cases at Belleaire Elementary

The district also noted in its posted totals that some cases from Avery, Belleaire, Central, and Leonard Lawrence elementaries.

To date, the district has had 1,214 cases this school year: 1,005 among students and 209 among staff.

Gretna Public Schools reported 96 active cases on Friday, compared to 60 cases the week prior, and 30 reported Dec. 17. The district was also most recently reporting 674 recovered cases, compared to 523 the week prior and 391 reported as recovered on Dec. 17.

Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday reported 199 active cases, up from 88 cases as of last week: 173 were among students and 26 were among staff. That’s up from last week’s cases: 69 were students and 19 were among staff. On Dec. 17, the district was reporting 45 active COVID-19 cases: 37 among students and still eight among staff.

Fortenberry tests positive

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s office said Tuesday that the congressman has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Fortenberry, who represents the state’s first district in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in his statement Tuesday that he will vote this week by proxy while recuperating and working from home.

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Omaha mask mandate comments

During a news conference Tuesday on Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Nebraska Attorney General was asked about the Omaha mask mandate.

Doug Peterson said Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse created a “fictitious” city health director in order to get around state law.

The hearing on the matter is set for Monday, Jan. 24, which Peterson expressed frustration about.

“Initially, the hearing date was given to us as Tuesday of this week — today,” he said during Q&A. “The district court judge who was assigned the case asked it to be pushed back to next week. That was a little difficult for us to accept because in my mind, each day that mandate is in effect, it’s in effect on the citizens of Omaha without the authority to do so.”

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson joined Gov. Pete Ricketts in proclaiming January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Douglas County update

DEATHS: The Douglas County Health Department reported six COVID-19 deaths Tuesday: three men ages 35-85 and three women ages 65-75 have died.

“None of them were vaccinated,” the health department release states.

The local COVID-19 death toll is now at 964.

CASES: DCHD also reported 1,703 cases Tuesday, bringing the community total to 125,220 cases since March 2020. The health department reported the county’s 100,000th case on Dec. 23.

The latest report pushes the seven-day rolling average to 1,312 cases, up from an average of 1,297 cases reported Monday.

Positivity rose slightly in the past week, from 29.1% to 29.3%, according to the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Local hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of Monday evening, local hospitals were 85% full, with 208 beds available. ICUs were also 89% full with 33 beds available. Pediatric ICUs were 79% full, with 28 beds available.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of Monday evening, local hospitals were caring for a total of 409 COVID-19 patients — 33 more patients than the previous day. Of those patients, 18 were in pediatric care. In local ICUs, there were 95 adult patients, down from 98 last Friday; 51 were on ventilators.

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

Correction: A previous version of this report contained inaccurate COVID-19 patient numbers. 6 News regrets the error.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported two COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday: an unvaccinated man in his 70s a vaccinated man in his 80s. The local death toll there is now 374 people.

The health department said it was only able to report partial new case data on Tuesday due to technical difficulties: 467 new cases bring the pandemic total to 58,607 cases.

Lincoln-area hospitals were caring for 134 COVID-19 patients, 17 of them on ventilators.

LLCHD reported Tuesday that 65% of residents were considered fully vaccinated.

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.

  • Noon-4 p.m at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Moderna, Pfizer for ages 5+ available.
  • 4-7 p.m. at Burke High School, located at 12200 Burke St. – Pfizer for agest 5+ 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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