Tuesday June 21 COVID-19 update: Where to get infants, toddlers vaccinated in the Omaha-metro

Douglas County cases rising
In Douglas County, hospitalizations are trending higher.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM CDT
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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.

Clinics set for ages 6 months & older

The Douglas County Health Department is encouraging parents of children ages 6 months to 5 years old contact their primary care provider to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination for their young child.

Two vaccines are available for this age group:

  • Pfizer is available as a three-shot series for children from 6 months old up to 5 years.
  • Moderna is available as a two-shot series for children from 6 months old up to 6 years.

“Both vaccines are safe and will help prevent your child from getting sick from COVID-19. Please check with your doctor if you have questions about which vaccine is right for your child,” Tuesday’s DCHD release states.

DCHD said local clinics for children ages 6 months to 5 years group will be offered at the following locations:

  • Children’s Physicians
  • Boystown
  • One World
  • Charles Drew Health Center
  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Nebraska Methodist Health System
  • Ponca Tribe (Fred Leroy)
  • Heartland Family First Medical
  • Kohll’s pharmacies

Additionally, Hy-vee’s Stoneybrook pharmacy location will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 3 years and older.

If you’re unable to get your child vaccinated at any of these entities, DCHD also has appointments available.

Anyone with additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccines for infants and toddlers can call 402-444-3400.

DHHS wastewater surveillance update

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services provided updated wastewater analysis data from communities across the state last week.

The data collection — updated Tuesday, June 14 — shows the continuing evolution of COVID-19 variants in these communities since its initial report released in May. Experts say this data will help give health officials a clearer understanding of the levels of COVID-19 in certain locations than case reports are able to indicate, particularly as testing wanes.

The genomic surveillance report provides a closer look at the progression of the omicron subvariants in the state, with BA.2 accounting for the majority of cases in recent weeks, but other subvariants taking a firmer hold in the most recent week’s data. As of June 11, BA.2.12.1 was found in 37% of samples; 22% were BA.5; 15% were BA.2; 10% were BA.4; and 9% were straight omicron variant cases.

Since the initial report, which included data from December 2021 to late April 2022, most counties in the study have shown significant increases in the level of COVID-19 detected. The latest data indicates COVID-19 levels are increasing in Douglas, Lancaster, and Dodge counties, as well as Adams, Buffalo, Hall, Lincoln, Wayne counties, but declining in Platte County. Levels in Platte County, which includes areas around Columbus, have been declining after a peak near the end of May.

A similar pattern can be seen in the data for Madison County, surrounding Norfolk, which showed a spike in mid-May with levels declining in subsequent weeks. Adams County data shows multiple peaks during that same time period, with the most recent data indicating a slight decline. Scotts Bluff County is also on the decline following a steady increase in the weeks since the initial report.

Sarpy/Cass data snapshot

The following information is from data posted Friday on the Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 dashboard and website.

DEATHS: The Sarpy/Cass Health Department dashboard shows the death toll there stands at 332 people.

The dashboard does not provide any information about their age ranges or pre-existing conditions.

CASES: The health department reports that there are currently 531 active cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, up from 508 reported a week ago; and 48 in Cass County, up four from a week ago.

The health department added 178 cases in Sarpy County in the past week, bringing the pandemic total there to 51,059 cases. In the same timeframe, 19 cases were added to Cass County’s total, bringing the current pandemic total there to 6,167 cases.

Of the health district’s active cases, most are in their 20s, 40s, and 50s: 101 cases in their 20s, 88 in their 40s, 95 in their 50s. There are also 46 active cases among youth ages 14 and younger, up from 28 a week ago, with 22 of those active pediatric cases among children ages 4 or younger — the age group approved for COVID-19 vaccination in recent days.

POSITIVITY RATE: The health department reported a test positivity rate of 19.1% as of Saturday, down from an adjusted 21.3% a week ago. A month ago it was 15.9%; about two months ago, it was 4.8%. The lab ran 158 tests in the week ending Saturday, compared to 322 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 reported no change in the vaccination rate among residents: 66.7% now in Sarpy County, and 62.1% in Cass County as of Friday.

Three Rivers data snapshot

Three Rivers Public Health Department COVID-19 dashboard updates its data on Mondays. The health district covers Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties.

DEATHS: Three Rivers is still reporting 221 COVID-19 deaths to date.

The dashboard does not provide any detailed information about deaths or pre-existing conditions.

CASES: 3RPHD data on Tuesday indicated 157 cases had been confirmed in the past week. The health department did not have data on the locations of those cases.

The health district has reported 19,153 people infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

3RPHD also reported the seven-day rolling average at 15.6 cases per 100,000 people this week, up from an average of 9.2 cases a week ago.

POSITIVITY RATE: Recent data reports show a spike in positivity in Dodge and Saunders counties.

As of June 12, 3RPHD was reporting a positivity rate among Dodge County residents of 18.95%, up from an adjusted 8.1% a week earlier. About a month earlier, the rate was 4.9%. The dashboard showed 133 tests were conducted in Dodge County during the week of June 12.

In Saunders County, 3RPHD reported a positivity rate of 15.1% as of June 12, up from an adjusted 8.7% a week earlier. About a month earlier, the rate was 6.6%. The dashboard showed 28 tests were conducted in the county during the week of June 12.

In the same timeframe, the positivity rate among Washington County residents was 13.2% on June 12, down from an adjusted 17.7% a week earlier. About a month earlier, the rate was 10%. The dashboard showed 46 tests were conducted in the county during the week of June 12.

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 65.3% vaccination rate among Dodge County residents ages 5 and older, 60.4% for Saunders County, and 61.6% for Washington County as of Monday. That amounts to 60.75% of all Dodge County residents, 58% of all Saunders County residents, and 59.7% of all Washington County residents.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department has been reporting COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays. Because of the holiday, there was no report Monday, and a report was instead issued Tuesday.

DEATHS: The local pandemic death toll is now 1,134 people, according to DCHD.

CASES: DCHD reported 665 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the local pandemic total to 155,965 cases. The number of reinfections in the last seven days remained at 126 cases on Tuesday. The most recent cases caused an increase in the local seven-day average, rising from 126 cases on Thursday to 165 cases Tuesday.

A year ago, DCHD reported the county’s first delta variant case among 36 new cases, bringing the rolling seven-day average to 13 cases.

The Douglas County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed the seven-day total number of cases per 100,000 people had increased from 153.9 cases on Thursday to 169.1 cases.

The health department also reported the local positivity rate had increased from 16.6% on June 11 to 18.2% as of Saturday. About a month ago, it was 13.5%; about two months ago, it was 6.2%.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of late Monday, area hospitals were caring for 92 COVID-19 patients, two fewer than reported Thursday. Of those patients, three were in pediatrics, nine were adult patients in ICUs, and three patients were on ventilators.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of late Monday, hospitals were 83% full with 230 beds available, up from 155 reported Thursday. Area ICUs were 83% full with 49 beds available, up from 41 reported Thursday. Pediatric ICUs were 85% full with 20 beds available, up from 18 reported on Thursday.

VACCINATIONS: Local vaccination numbers remained unchanged since last week. To date, 66.5% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated. The most recent group authorized for vaccination, youth ages 5-11, is 38.7% vaccinated; 68.3% of county youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated.

Lincoln-Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported Tuesday it had confirmed 231 cases in the past four days, bringing the community total to 73,263 cases.

LLCHD has reported 442 COVID-19 deaths to date.

Currently, Lincoln-area hospitals are caring for 31 COVID-19 patients, but none are on ventilators.

The county’s vaccination rate is 67.7% with 128,696 booster doses administered.

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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 for all ages
  • Noon-4 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available for all ages
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at SOCCC soccer clinic at Collin Stadium, located at 1335 L St. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kroc Center Omaha, located at 2825 Y St. – Pfizer & Moderna for all ages
  • Noon-3 p.m. at Girls Inc., located at 2811 N. 45th St. – Pfizer & Moderna for all ages
  • Noon-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available for all ages
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available for all ages

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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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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.

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: 1-4:30 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

COVID-19 risk dials: Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County

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