Wednesday March 16 COVID-19 update: Douglas County adds reinfections data to dashboard
(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.
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Douglas County adds reinfections tab
Previously, DCHD reported the total as people infected, not cases, so it didn’t include data on reinfections.
As of Wednesday, the dashboard indicated the county has verified 150,185 positive cases, including 5,433 confirmed reinfections. Of those reinfections, 21 have been reported in the past seven days.
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 34 COVID-19 deaths in the past week, bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,273 people.
CASES: Testing numbers across the state in the last two weeks were less than half what they were two weeks ago, but yielded more positives. Nearly 25,000 positive tests among those 52,511 tests still pulled Nebraska’s positivity rate down to 3.2% as of Saturday from an adjusted 5.5% reported two weeks prior. About a month ago, it was 10.2%. About two months ago, it was 27%.
Of the new cases reported in the past two weeks, 436 were verified as variants, bringing the total number of the state’s verified variant cases to 14,691. All of the most recently sequenced cases were omicron variants.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: The state’s health department also reported 117 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Tuesday compared to two weeks ago, bringing this week’s total to 134 COVID-19 patients.
According to the Nebraska Hospital Capacity & Respiratory Illness dashboard, as of Tuesday, hospitals across the state were caring for 114 adult COVID-19 patients, down from 240 reported two weeks ago. There were 17 adult COVID-19 patients in ICUs, down from 40 reported two weeks ago. The state dashboard also reported three pediatric COVID-19 patients, down from seven reported two weeks ago.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Overall statewide hospital capacity, which is based on staffing levels, declined some in the past two weeks. As of Tuesday, 72% of 3,228 adult beds were occupied, compared with 73% of 3,263 adult beds full two weeks ago. Pediatric wards had 76% of 367 beds full, compared with 81% of 374 pediatric beds occupied two weeks prior.
Adult and pediatric ICU capacity saw steeper declines in the past two weeks: As of Tuesday, 63% of 487 adult beds still were filled, compared with 74% of 489 beds two weeks ago; and 73% of 153 pediatric ICU beds were full, compared with 82% of 153 beds reported two weeks prior.
VACCINATIONS: The state’s vaccination rate for the 1.77 million residents ages 5 and older increased less than half of a percent in the past two weeks to 67.6%. The state administered 8,392 doses in the last two weeks.
VACCINATION BREAKTHROUGHS: DHHS updated its breakthrough data totals last week through Feb. 26. The data continues to show that less than 0.05% of fully vaccinated Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19. The county’s latest data also shows an 8.3% breakthrough case rate and 0.1% hospitalization rate among those fully vaccinated.
INFLUENZA & RSV: The state also updated its flu and RSV data this past week. Flu positivity continued to increase in the state from 11% on Feb. 26 to 15.6% as of Saturday. A year ago, it was 0.1%. RSV positivity went down and remains low, decreasing from 0.8% on Feb. 26 to 0.3% as of Saturday. At this time last year, it was nonexistent.
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.-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
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23
- 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+
THURSDAY MARCH 24
- 5-7 p.m. at Gateway Elementary School, located at 5610 S. 42nd St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
FRIDAY MARCH 25
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available
SATURDAY MARCH 26
- 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
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.”
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:
- In south Omaha at the Livestock Building, located at 4920 S. 30th St.
- In Bellevue, at 2207 Georgia Ave.
- In northwest Omaha, at 4229 N. 90th St.
- In Plattsmouth, at 122 S. Sixth St.
OneWorld also offers 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-served 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
- 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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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