Friday March 11 COVID-19 update: Very few cases at Omaha-metro schools

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Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 5:19 PM CST
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(WOWT) - Below are today’s updates from data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and western Iowa.

Keep scrolling to find a vaccination clinic near you.

Omaha schools update

Here’s where local districts’ COVID-19 totals stand this week, compared to our previous schools report two weeks ago:

Omaha Public Schools was reporting 13 active cases on Friday, down from 27 cases two weeks earlier. One of the current cases is among staff and the other 12 are among students. Two weeks ago, OPS reported 17 among students and 10 among staff.

In recent weeks, OPS has also added a table showing week-to-week totals since January.

Westside Community Schools was reporting three active cases as of Friday — two among students and one among staff — down from seven cases reported two weeks ago. The district has reported 13 cases among students and four among staff, bringing the total cases to date for the school year to 1,276 cases: 1,028 among students and 248 among staff. The majority of cases this school year have been at Westside High School (337 cases) and Westside Middle School (201 cases), with Westbrook reporting 106 cases and Hillside still reporting 87 to date this school year.

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

Millard Public Schools reported 11 active cases as of Friday, down from 12 cases reported two weeks ago. Three elementary schools were reporting two cases each, with two other elementary schools reporting one case each. One middle school and one high school also each reported one case.

Elkhorn Public Schools reported Friday that it had no active COVID-19 cases, compared to 13 reported two weeks ago.

Papillion La Vista Community Schools had eight active cases as of Monday, one of them a staffer, down from 37 cases two weeks earlier. Three cases were in elementary schools, two were among middle schools, and three were in high schools.

Bellevue Public Schools reported Friday that it had no active cases in the district, down from two cases two weeks earlier. The district has reported 17 student cases and five staff cases since our last report. The district has had 1,944 cases this school year: 1,576 among students and 368 among staff.

Gretna Public Schools reported Friday that it had no active cases in the district, compared to one case reported two weeks ago. The district reported five additional recovered cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,138 recovered cases to date.

Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday reported it had fewer than 10 active cases among students and teachers, down from five cases reported two weeks ago. The district added a notation on its website indicating that it would no longer report exact case totals lower than 10 “to protect the medical privacy of individuals.”

Nebraska data snapshot

According to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services data updated Wednesday, the state updated the following numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and vaccinations as of Tuesday:

DEATHS: DHHS reported 19 COVID-19 deaths in a little more than a week, bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,292 people.

CASES: Testing numbers across the state were dramatically lower this week compared to last week, with 36,869 tests processed in the last week and a half compared to more than 120,000 the week prior. The 22,354 positive tests pulled Nebraska’s positivity rate to 3.9% as of Saturday, down from an adjusted 5.5% a week prior. About a month ago, it was 10.2%.

Of the new cases reported in the past two weeks — about 7,000 more than the week prior — 360 were sequenced as variants, bringing the total number of the state’s verified variant cases to 14,608. Nearly all of those confirmed variant cases were omicron cases; one was a delta case.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: The state’s health department also reported 90 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Thursday compared about a week ago, reporting a total of 161 COVID-19 patients.

According to the Nebraska Hospital Capacity & Respiratory Illness dashboard, as of Thursday, hospitals across the state were caring for 129 adult COVID-19 patients, down from 240 reported about a week and a half ago. There were 24 adult COVID-19 patients in ICUs, down from 40 in our previous report. The state dashboard was also still reporting seven pediatric COVID-19 patients but with only one in an ICU, down from four in our previous report.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Overall statewide hospital capacity, which is based on staffing levels, increased in the last week. As of Thursday, 72% of 3,248 adult beds were occupied, compared with 73% of 3,263 adult beds full more than a week ago. Pediatric wards had 80% of 369 beds full, compared with 81% of 374 pediatric beds occupied as of our previous report.

ICU capacity for both adult and pediatric patients improved across the state since our last report. As of Thursday, 70% of 315 adult beds still were filled, compared to 74% of 489 about a week and a half ago; and 77% of 153 pediatric ICU beds were full, compared with 82% of 153 beds in our previous report.

VACCINATIONS: The state’s vaccination rate for the 1.77 million residents ages 5 and older increased 0.2% in the past week to 67.5%. The state administered 5,265 doses in the last week.

VACCINATION BREAKTHROUGHS: DHHS updated its breakthrough tallies through Feb. 26 this week, indicating:

  • A 0.6% increase in breakthrough cases among those fully vaccinated. Another 8,121 breakthrough cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 8.3%. That number jumps to 15.5% among those who were partially vaccinated.
  • Another 132 breakthrough hospitalizations among those fully vaccinated brought that rate up to 0.1% from 0.09% reported about a month earlier. The rate was 0.5% among those only partially vaccinated.
  • The breakthrough death rate stands at 0.04%, up from 0.03% reported about a month ago, after 181 deaths were confirmed as vaccination breakthroughs. That rate was 0.17% among those partially vaccinated.

INFLUENZA & RSV: The state also updated its flu and RSV data this past week. Flu positivity increased in the state from 11% on Feb. 26 to 14.6% as of Saturday. A year ago, it was 0.3%. RSV positivity was static during the same timeframe, remaining at 0.8% as of Saturday. At this time last year, it was 0.5%.

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
  • 3-5 p.m. at the Urban League of Nebraska, located at 3040 Lake St. – All vaccines available
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College – Elkhorn Valley Campus, located at 829 N. 204th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Omaha South High Magnet School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • Noon-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available
  • 9 a.m.-noon at Metropolitan Community College – South Omaha Campus, located at 2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. A – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Omaha North High Magnet School, located at 4410 N. 36th St. – All vaccines available
  • 1-4 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College – Fort Omaha Campus, Building 23 - Lot A, located at 5300 N. 30th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available
  • Noon-3 p.m. at Girls Inc., located at 2811 N. 45th St. – All vaccines available
  • 5-7 p.m. at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, located at 14101 Larimore Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 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 the Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
  • 5-7 p.m. at Burke High School, located at 5610 S. 42nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 5-7 p.m. at Gateway Elementary School, located at 5610 S. 42nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available
  • 8 a.m.-noon at the Black Family Health & Wellness Association Health Fair, held at Omaha North High Magnet School, 4410 N. 36th St. – All vaccines available
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Nelson Mandela Elementary School, located at 6316 N. 30th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna

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Posted by Douglas County Health Department on Friday, March 11, 2022

About Text Nebraska

The Douglas County Health Department is encouraging residents who test positive for COVID-19 to cooperate with Text Nebraska in order to help prevent further spread of the virus.

If you are age 19 or older, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and provided a cell number when registering for your test, you will likely receive a text message from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services phone number 1-844-774-7604 that prompts you to take a survey. Adding that number to your phone’s directory will assure that your phone or provider doesn’t mark it as a spam call.

“It is not spam and is safe to respond,” DCHD said in a Thursday news release, noting that the survey is completely digital and doesn’t require you to speak with anyone.

“Text Nebraska is the next step in contact tracing, and this is where you can help,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in the release. “Your response is needed as the number of cases makes it impossible for our staff to keep up with the demand.”

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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 offers COVID-19 vaccinations at the following clinics:

OneWorld also offers children’s COVID-19 vaccinations at school health centers:

Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served 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 has scheduled vaccination clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric doses, 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.

To make an appointment, call 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873.

Pottawattamie County

The Pottawattamie County Public Health Department urges residents to take advantage of free drive-through COVID-19 testing at:

  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy on West Broadway
  • Nomi Health at 1751 Madison Ave.
  • Any Walgreens pharmacy location

Free take-home test kits are available at:

  • All Care Health Center, located at 902 S. Sixth St., in Council Bluffs
  • Pottawattamie County Public Health Department office, located at 600 S. Fourth St., Suite 100, in Council Bluffs

Walk-ins can receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the health department office at:

  • 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays

Vaccinations are also available from 8 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Affairs Building, located at 623 Sixth Ave. in Council Bluffs.

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

METHODIST HEALTH INFORMATION: The vaccine is available at most Methodist Physicians Clinic locations. Appointments for the vaccine are recommended and can be made by calling 402-354-CARE.

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 and to get assistance with signing up for a vaccination appointment.

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: Iowans who need help to find a vaccine appointment can call 211 for assistance or 1-800-244-7431. Older or home-bound Iowans can contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209. For multilingual assistance, call 1-877-558-2609.

NATIONAL HOTLINE: To check vaccine availability in your community, call the national COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-232-0233.

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 Health System | 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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