Monday May 2 COVID-19 update: 2 deaths in Douglas County; health department urges home test reports
(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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Report your test results
Douglas County Health Department on Monday urged residents to report the results of their home COVID-19 tests to them online at douglascountyhealth.com.
“Look for the blue box labeled ‘Report A COVID-19 Home Test,’ then follow the instructions,” the health department requests.
DCHD also reminded residents Monday that the hours for its COVID-19 information line had been adjusted. Residents with COVID-19 questions can now call Call 402-444-3400 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, except for holidays, for assistance in Spanish or English.
Three Rivers data snapshot
The following information is from data posted Monday on the Three Rivers Public Health Department COVID-19 dashboard. The health district covers Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties.
The dashboard does not provide any detailed information about deaths or pre-existing conditions.
CASES: 3RPHD data on Monday indicated 17 cases had been confirmed in the past week, the same number reported the week prior. The health department — serving Dodge County, Saunders County, and Washington County — did not have complete data on the locations of those cases.
The health district has reported 18,800 people infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, up 16 from last week.
3RPHD also reported the seven-day rolling average at 3.08 cases per 100,000 people as of Monday, the same reported a week ago.
POSITIVITY RATE: As of April 24, 3RPHD was reporting a 1.68% positivity rate among Dodge County residents, down from 2.01% as of April 17 and an adjusted 2.84% as of April 10. In Saunders County, the positivity rate was 8% as of April 17, up from 5.93% as of April 17 and an adjusted 2.63% as of April 10. In Washington County, the rate as of April 24 was 1.01%, down from 2.44% on April 17 and an adjusted 1.88% 2.05% as of April 10.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: The health district’s hospital data is provided by Douglas County, according to its dashboard. The latest update can be found below.
VACCINATIONS: 3RPHD was reporting a 64.87% vaccination rate among Dodge County residents ages 5 and older, 59.9% for Saunders County, and 61.3% for Washington County as of Monday.
Sarpy/Cass data snapshot
The following information is from data posted Monday on the Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 dashboard and website.
The dashboard does not provide any information about pre-existing conditions.
CASES: The health department reports that there are currently 150 active cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, up from 125 reported a week ago; and 13 in Cass County, up from 10 active cases reported last week.
The health department added 94 cases in the past week, 86 of them in Sarpy County, bringing the pandemic total there to 49,684 cases. In the same timeframe, eight cases were added to Cass County’s total, bringing the current pandemic total there to 6,039 cases.
Of the health district’s active cases, most are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s: 30, 27, 25, and 25 cases, respectively. There are also still nine active cases among youth ages 14 and younger, with four children ages 4 or younger — the only age group not yet able to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
POSITIVITY RATE: The health department reported a test positivity rate of 7.2% as of Saturday, up from 4.8% reported a week prior. The lab ran 82 tests in the week ending Saturday, compared to 55 the week prior.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: The Sarpy/Cass Health Department’s hospital data is provided by Douglas County, according to its dashboard. That information is available in the Douglas County update below.
VACCINATIONS: The health department was reporting a 66.3% vaccination rate among Sarpy County residents and 61.8% for Cass County as of Monday.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said it had confirmed 18 cases Monday, bringing the pandemic total there to 70,108 cases.
The death toll in that health district stands at 438 people.
The risk dial for the area is at green, meaning the risk of community spread is low.
Local hospitals are caring for 18 COVID-19 patients.
The vaccination rate is 67.3%
Omaha schools update
Here’s where local districts’ COVID-19 totals stand this week, compared to our previous schools report a week ago:
Omaha Public Schools was reporting 26 active cases on Friday — six staffers and 20 students — up from 12 reported a week earlier.
Westside Community Schools reported eight active cases — all students — for the week ending Saturday after reporting six cases the week prior. The district has reported 1,311 total cases to date for the school year: 1,051 among students and still 260 among staff. During the 2020-21 school year, Westside had 568 cases: 400 among students and 168 among staff.
Millard Public Schools stopped reporting its COVID-19 in early April.
Elkhorn Public Schools reported Monday that it had two active COVID-19 cases, both in high schools.
Papillion La Vista Community Schools reported two active cases — still one elementary school staffer and one middle-school staffer. About three months ago, the district was at peak cases: 322 among students and 43 among staff.
Bellevue Public Schools reported it had two active cases, both staffers — one at an elementary school and another at a high school. The district total for the school year was seven cases higher than last week: 1,605 cases among students and 374 among staff.
Gretna Public Schools continued to show no active cases as of Friday as well as the same total amount of recoveries for the school year that it has reported for several weeks: 1,138 recovered cases to date.
Council Bluffs Public Schools on Friday again reported fewer than five active cases among students and no active cases among staff.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department reports COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays.
DEATHS: DCHD said Monday that it had confirmed two COVID-19 death certificates since Thursday.
“A man in his 50s and a woman over 75 have died. Both were vaccinated,” the release states.
The local pandemic death toll stands at 1,112 people.
CASES: DCHD also reported 141 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the local pandemic total to 150,474 cases, and 28 reinfections in the last seven days, down from 47 reported on Thursday. The most recent cases didn’t cause the local seven-day average to change, so it stands at 43 cases.
The Douglas County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed the seven-day total number of cases per 100,000 people increasing from 55 cases to 56.7 cases.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of late Sunday, area hospitals were still caring for 45 COVID-19 patients, down from 46 patients reported last week. There were no pediatric COVID-19 patients reported Monday.
Of the current COVID-19 patients, 12 are now in ICUs, with three still on ventilators.
There were also two adults awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of late Sunday, hospitals were 85% full with 210 beds available, down from 245 beds reported Thursday. Area ICUs were 79% full with 66 beds available, down from 99 beds reported Monday. Pediatric ICUs were 80% full with 14 beds available, down from 16 reported Thursday.
VACCINATIONS: To date, 67% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated. The most recent group authorized for vaccination, youth ages 5-11, is 37.5% vaccinated; 67.7% of county youth ages 12-17 are 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.
- Noon-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available.
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Heart Ministry Center, located at 2222 Binney St. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
- 5-7 p.m. at Burke High School, located at 12200 Burke 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.
- 9 a.m.-noon at New Beginning Community Baptist Church, located at 2301 N. 45th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Plaza de la Raza at the Cinco de Mayo Health Fair, along South 24th Street – Pfizer for ages 5+
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: 1-4:30 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.
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 clinic hours will change this week:
- In Dodge County, the Three Rivers clinic at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont, is open for walk-ins from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
- 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 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 9 a.m. to 3 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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