Thursday May 12 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 6 deaths; cases continue climbing
(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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Nebraska data snapshot
DEATHS: DHHS no longer reports COVID-19 deaths. As of last week, the state’s COVID-19 pandemic death toll was 3,438 people.
CASES: Testing numbers across the state in the past week were about 270 lower than the week prior, but yielded about 200 more positives as the previous week. Among 17,284 tests, 1,193 positive cases were recorded. The totals brought Nebraska’s positivity rate up to 6.9% as of Saturday from an adjusted 5% reported a week ago. About a month ago, it was 2.7%. About two months ago, it was 2.5%.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: The state’s health department is no longer reporting COVID-19 hospitalization. Two weeks ago, the total was 60 COVID-19 patients. The state now provides data for “COVID-like illness (CLI) emergency department visits.”
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: DHHS is no longer reporting hospital capacity data. Two weeks ago, the data showed 73% of 3,235 adult beds were occupied, compared to 71% of 3,226 a week prior. Pediatric wards had 86% of 373 beds full, compared with 83% of 371 pediatric beds reported the previous week.
That data also indicated 72% of 484 adult ICU beds were filled, compared with 71% of 480 reported the previous week. Pediatric ICU wards had 73% of 153 pediatric ICU beds full, compared to 83% of 153 beds full the week prior.
VACCINATIONS: The state is no longer reporting vaccination rate. The last reported rate for the 1.77 million residents ages 5 and older was 68.4%.
RSV & INFLUENZA: RSV positivity fell to 0.8% in the past week from an adjusted 1.3% the week prior among an increased number of tests. Influenza numbers continued to decline. While there was an increase in test numbers this past week, the positivity rate dropped to 5.5% on Saturday, down from an adjusted 8% last week and a peak of 15.7% reported the week of March 12.
Pottawattamie County data snapshot
The following information is from data dated Tuesday on the Iowa Department of Public Health website, which no longer includes hospitalization and hospital capacity data.
DEATHS: IDPH reported two COVID-19 deaths in Pottawattamie County, bringing the local death toll to 319 people. The website also indicates 22 Iowans have died in the past week; the state’s pandemic death toll is now 9,555 people.
CASES: IDPH confirmed 47 cases of COVID-19 in Pottawattamie County in the last seven days, up from 23 cases reported last week. The county’s totals are now 27,982 positive tests and 24,382 cases.
The website also shows that the average per 100,000 people is 50.4 cases as of Tuesday, up from 37.5 last week.
VACCINATIONS: The county was reporting a 55.9% vaccination rate among those ages 5 and older, according to IDPH data, compared to a 62.5% vaccination rate for the same age group in all of Iowa. That amounts to 52.4% of the county’s total population, compared to the 58.6% vaccination rate for the state.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department reports COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays.
DEATHS: DCHD on Thursday reported six COVID-19 deaths, noting that one of them had happened in early February.
“A man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, two women in their 70s, and two women over 85 have died. The only unvaccinated person was one of the women who was in her 70s,” the release states.
The local pandemic death toll now stands at 1,119 people.
CASES: DCHD also reported 346 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, about 140 more than Monday, bringing the local pandemic total to 151,298 cases. The number of reinfections in the last seven days stands at 53. The most recent cases pulled the local seven-day average up to 79 cases from 64 cases on Monday.
The Douglas County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed the seven-day total number of cases per 100,000 people increasing from 56.7 cases to 78.2 cases.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of late Wednesday, area hospitals were caring for 65 COVID-19 patients, up from 52 patients reported Monday. Two of those cases are pediatric COVID-19 patients.
Of the current COVID-19 patients, 12 are in ICUs, and three of them are on ventilators.
There were also two adults and one pediatric patient awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of late Wednesday, hospitals were 89% full with 153 beds available, up from 79 beds reported Monday. Area ICUs were 79% full with 65 beds available, up from 19 beds reported Monday. Pediatric ICUs remained 87% full with 17 beds still available, down from 19 reported Monday.
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.
- 5-7 p.m. at Omaha North High Magnet School, located at 4410 N. 36th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available.
- 2-5 p.m. at Nile Lutheran Church, located at 4140 N. 42nd 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.”
Report home 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 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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