Monday Sept. 12 COVID-19 update: 5 deaths in Douglas County, 3 in Sarpy/Cass
(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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Sarpy/Cass data snapshot
DEATHS: The latest update to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 dashboard shows the pandemic death toll in the health district has increased by three people in the past week. The death toll for the health district is now 353 people; the dashboard no longer indicates in which county those deaths have occurred.
The dashboard does not provide any information about their age ranges or pre-existing conditions.
CASES: As of Monday, the dashboard reported that were 413 active cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, down from 473 reported about a week ago; and 68 in Cass County, down from 91 indicated on the dashboard last week. To date, Sarpy/Cass has confirmed 55,275 cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, which is 99 more than reported last week; and 6,701 in Cass County, an increase of nine cases since last week.
Of the health district’s current active cases, most are in their 20s, 40s, and 50s: 73 cases in their 20s, 66 in their 40s, and 69 in their 50s. There are also 76 active cases among youth ages 14 and younger, down from 98 cases reported about a week ago; with 26 of those active pediatric cases — 11 fewer than reported about a week ago — among children ages 4 or younger, the age group most recently approved for COVID-19 vaccination.
POSITIVITY RATE: The health department reported a test positivity rate of 16.6% as of Saturday, down from 17.8% a week prior. About a month ago it was 25.4%; about two months ago, it was 21.3%. The lab ran 116 tests in the week ending Saturday, compared to 271 tests in 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 vaccination rates among residents this week compared to last week, standing at 67.4% in Sarpy County, and 63.2% in Cass County.
Three Rivers risk level lowers
Three Rivers Public Health Department replaced its COVID-19 dashboard with links to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 information page, and link to the DDC dropdown widget, which lets users find the risk level for their county.
As of Monday, the widget was showing the risk level for Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties as “low.” About a week ago, it was at “medium.”
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department has been reporting COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays.
DEATHS: The health department reported five recent COVID-19 deaths on Monday.
“An unvaccinated man in his 40s has died. Two men in their 80s, one vaccinated and one unvaccinated have died. A vaccinated woman in her 60s and a vaccinated woman over 80 also have died,” the release states.
The local COVID-19 pandemic death toll now stands at 1,179 people.
CASES: DCHD also reported Monday that 284 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed since Thursday. About a year ago, DCHD was reporting that 391 cases had been confirmed over the previous weekend.
The most recent case numbers lowered the seven-day average to 98 cases as of Monday, down from 111 cases on Thursday. It’s the first time the seven-day average has been below 100 cases since May 12. The DCHD dashboard indicated Monday that the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 people decreased from 133.4 cases last week to 107.1 cases as of Sunday.
The latest recent cases bring the local pandemic total to 168,356 cases. The Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard also indicates that the last recorded number of reinfections for a rotating seven days ending was 190 cases.
POSITIVITY RATE: The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard indicates the local positivity rate was at 14.1% as of Saturday, down from an adjusted 17.5% reported the week prior. About a month ago, it was 19.9%; about two months ago, it was 22.4%. About a year ago, it was 7.7%.
The DCHD dashboard on Monday indicated the community level was “low.”
HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of late Sunday, area hospitals were caring for 127 COVID-19 patients, including one pediatric case, down from 135 patients reported Thursday. Of those patients, 20 adult patients remained in ICUs; and two people were on ventilators. Additionally, four more adult patients were awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
About a year ago, DCHD was reporting 190 area COVID-19 hospitalizations.
HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of late Sunday, hospitals were 85% full with 206 beds available, down from 224 reported Thursday. Area ICUs were 88% full with 35 beds available, down from 53 reported Thursday. Pediatric ICUs were 86% full with 18 beds available — three more than reported Thursday. About a year ago, local hospitals were 82% full with 253 beds available, and ICUs were 86% full with 40 beds available.
VACCINATIONS: The county’s COVID-19 dashboard indicated no change to vaccination data since Thursday.
To date, 5,802 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been administered in the county, resulting in 5% of Douglas County children in that age group being fully vaccinated.
Vaccination numbers among other age groups showed nearly no change from last week. To date, 67.5% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated with 57.3% of eligible residents, fully vaccinated residents ages 5 and older, receiving their third dose. Of youth ages 5-11, 40.9% are vaccinated; and 69.5% of county youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated.
Lincoln-Lancaster County update
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported two COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the local death toll there to 454 people.
“A man in his 50s and a man in his 90s, both were hospitalized and vaccinated,” the LLCHD release states.
The health department reported Monday that 94 cases had been confirmed over the weekend and 33 on Monday, bringing the pandemic total there to 79,764 cases.
As of Monday, Lincoln-area hospitals were caring for 36 COVID-19 patients, three of whom were on ventilators.
The risk level in Lancaster County remains at “elevated yellow,” indicating the risk and spread of COVID-19 in that community was at a moderate level. According to the LLCHD COVID-19 dashboard, the positivity rate in Lancaster County was 22.9% as of Saturday.
LLCHD reports that 68.7% of Lancaster County residents are vaccinated, with 133,624 residents receiving their booster dose.
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.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – All vaccines available for all ages
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Omaha South High Magnet School, located at 4519 S. 24th St. – Newly formulated booster vaccinations for ages 12+
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 and boosters for ages 5 and older 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.
Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; or you can call 402-734-4110 to make an appointment.
“Families of non-Children’s patients can schedule by calling 402-955-SHOT,” according to the hospital’s website.
Nebraska Medicine is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at clinics in several retail pharmacies and health centers around the Omaha-metro.
NebMed will provide 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, Pfizer vaccinations will be available at these outpatient pharmacies:
- Bellevue Health Center, located at 25th Street and Highway 370, will offer vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays
- Durham Outpatient Center, located at 45th and Emile streets, will offer vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends
Novavax vaccinations are available at these outpatient pharmacies:
- Lauritzen Outpatient Center, located at 40th and Leavenworth streets, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
- UNL Health Center, located at 550 N. 19th St. in Lincoln, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon
Pfizer vaccinations for children ages 6-12 are available at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, located at 40th and Leavenworth streets, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
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 lists scheduled vaccination clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric and infant doses, in its health district, noting that most are by appointment.
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 health department offers immunization clinics at Midlands Medical Building One, located at 11109 S 84th St, Suite 1820, in Papillion, NE 68046
- 4-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month
- 9 a.m.-noon on the second, third, and fourth Thursdays of the month
The Pottawattamie County Public Health Department no longer hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinics, instead urging residents to receive their shots at area pharmacies.
Free take-home test kits are available at:
- Pottawattamie County Public Health Department office, located at 600 S. Fourth St., Suite 100, in Council Bluffs
- All Care Health Center, located at 902 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs
- Super Saver Pharmacy, located at 1411 N Broadway in Council Bluffs
- CHI Health Clinics
- Methodist Health Clinics
- Avoca Journal-Herald Newspaper
- City Halls in Carson, Carter Lake, Macedonia, Oakland, Treynor, Underwood, and Walnut
Three Rivers health district
Three Rivers Public Health Department has walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics at:
- Children ages 6 months to 4 years: From 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Three Rivers office at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont.
- Ages 5 and older: From 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Three Rivers office at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont.
- In Wahoo: 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.
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.
Where to get a test: Douglas County
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