Tuesday Jan. 3 COVID-19 update: Douglas County reports 4 deaths

DCHD dashboard show case ratio drastically lower than a year ago
Douglas County Health says we're beginning to see better news in regards to COVID.
Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 6:42 PM CST
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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.

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Sarpy/Cass data snapshot

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department has not updated its COVID-19 summary since Dec. 27, pulling numbers from the CDC COVID data tracker, which is updated on Thursdays.

DEATHS: The Sarpy/Cass Health Department last reported 320 COVID-19 deaths in Sarpy County and 48 deaths in Cass County; the CDC data did not show any deaths reported in either county in the past week. Neither data set provides any information about the age ranges or pre-existing conditions of COVID deaths.

CASES: The CDC data was reporting 233 active cases of COVID-19 for the past seven days in Sarpy County, down from 261 reported about a week ago; and 22 in Cass County, down from 34 as of last week. No demographic or cumulative data is available for COVID cases.

POSITIVITY RATE: The CDC COVID data tracker is showing “low” community levels for both Sarpy and Cass counties. According to the data, the positivity rate for Sarpy County is 14.7%, down from 16% the week prior; and 21.2% in Cass County, up from 12.2% the week prior. About two weeks ago, it was 15.3% in Sarpy County and 14.2% in Cass County.

The case rates per 100,000 people are 124.5 cases for Sarpy County, down from 139.4 about a week ago; and 83.8 cases for Cass County, down from 129.5 cases last week.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: The CDC shows 15 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Sarpy County in the past week, down from 25 reported by the health department about a week ago; and two in Cass County, down from three about a week ago. The new admissions per 100,000 people in the past seven days were at 7.8 for both counties.

New COVID-19 patient admissions per 100,000 people in both counties accounted for 7.8% of admissions. COVID-19 hospitalizations currently account for 4% of staffed ICU beds for the three counties, down from 4.8%.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Both counties were reporting 6.5% of hospital beds and 4% of ICU beds were occupied by COVID patients.

VACCINATIONS: According to the CDC COVID tracker, vaccination rates remained static at 69.2% in Sarpy County, and 64.4% in Cass County.

Three Rivers data snapshot

Here’s the latest data reported by the CDC COVID data tracker, which is updated on Thursdays.

CASES: This week, the tracker was reporting that for the week ending Dec. 29, there were 27 active cases of COVID-19 in Dodge County, down from 105 cases reported about a week ago; fewer than 10 in Saunders County, down from 21 about a week ago; and 13 in Washington County, down from 38 reported about a week ago.

The case rates per 100,000 people are 73.8 for Dodge County, down from 287.2 reported about a week ago and 786.8 cases about two weeks ago; 32.4 cases for Saunders County, down from 97.3 a week prior and 64.8 two weeks ago; and 62.7 cases for Washington County, down from 183.3 cases about a week ago and 511.9 about two weeks ago.

POSITIVITY RATE: The CDC data shows “low” community levels for all three counties. According to the data, the positivity rate is at 9.4% for Dodge County among 234 tests, down from 14.4% about a week ago and 16.5% reported two weeks ago; 16.7% in Saunders County among 57 tests, up from 14% a week ago and 14.5% two weeks ago; and 11.6% for Washington County among 78 tests, down from 14.2% about a week ago and 25% two weeks ago.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: The CDC is reporting three new COVID-19 hospitalizations in Dodge County, two in Saunders County, and two in Washington County in the past week. New COVID-19 patient admissions per 100,000 people in all three of the counties accounted for 7.8% of admissions, down from 51.3% last week and 8.8% two weeks ago.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: All three counties were reporting 6% of hospital beds and 4% of ICU beds were occupied by COVID patients, down from 4.8% the week prior.

VACCINATIONS: According to the CDC COVID tracker, vaccination rates remained at 55.9% in Dodge County, 54.8% in Saunders County, and 58% in Washington County.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department reports COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays. Due to holiday schedule changes, Monday’s report was filed on Tuesday.

DEATHS: The local health department reported four COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday.

“Three women over the age of 75 have died and a man in his 60s has died. All of them had been vaccinated, but their current vaccination status is not known,” the DCHD release states.

Douglas County’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,252 people.

CASES: DCHD reported Tuesday that 286 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed since Thursday’s report.

The most recent case numbers caused a decline in the seven-day average, falling from 84 cases to 72 cases, the lowest its been in about six weeks. The DCHD dashboard indicated the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 people was at 88.2 cases as of Monday, down slightly from 88.4 reported last week. A year ago, DCHD was reporting that level was at 858.7.

The latest recent cases bring the local pandemic total to 178,337 cases. The Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard also indicates that the number of reinfections for a rotating seven days ending Saturday was 118 cases, up from 108 reported about five weeks ago.

POSITIVITY RATE: The DCHD dashboard on Tuesday indicated the community level was back to “low.”

The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard indicates the local positivity rate fell to 13% as of Saturday, compared to 18.2% reported a week prior and 24.6% two weeks ago. That percentage comes from a total of 4,139 tests processed, down from about 6,000 tests recorded last week and 8,000 the week before.

About a month ago, positivity was 12.5%; about two months ago, it was 10.6%. About a year ago, it was 19.6%.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of Monday, area hospitals were caring for 123 adult COVID-19 patients, down from 135 reported Thursday. Of the current patients, five were in pediatrics, 11 adults were in ICUs, and two patients were on ventilators.

Additionally, seven adult patients were awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

A year ago, DCHD was reporting 338 area COVID-19 hospitalizations.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of Monday, hospitals were 72% full with 479 beds available, up from 304 reported Thursday. Area ICUs were 70% full with 88 beds available, up from 75 reported Thursday. Pediatric ICUs were 76% full with 11 beds available, up from nine reported Thursday. A year ago, local hospitals were 85% full with 209 beds available; ICUs were 90% full with 29 beds available; and pediatric ICUs were 86% full with 19 beds available.

VACCINATIONS: The data on the DCHD dashboard show some increases in vaccination data. To date, 10,563 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been administered in the county, resulting in 10.5% of Douglas County children in that age group being fully vaccinated.

Vaccination numbers among other age groups remained unchanged: 68.8% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated with 61.8% of eligible residents, ages 12 and older, receiving their booster or additional doses. Of youth ages 5-11, 42.6% are vaccinated; and 70.5% of county youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated.


Retail pharmacies

Vaccine sign-ups: Baker’s | CVS | Hy-Vee | Kohll’s | Kubat | Medicine Man Pharmacy | Sam’s Club | ViaRx | Walmart

Douglas County

Douglas County Health Department has a list of all available COVID-19 vaccination clinics on its website. All clinics are open to the public for any approved shot in the vaccination series as indicated. Those planning to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination card.

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 and boosters for ages 5 and older at the following clinics:

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 offers COVID-19 vaccinations for its patients via Children’s Connect Health Portal.

“Families of non-Children’s patients can schedule by calling 402-955-SHOT,” according to the hospital’s website.

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 vaccinations by appointment at:

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.

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 Church of Omaha hosts walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics periodically on Saturdays. No ID is required, but a parent or guardian must be present at the clinic with teens ages 12-18. The church also distributes at-home test kits.

MCC FORT OMAHA: Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus is 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 regular vaccination clinics on 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 by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online.

Sarpy/Cass health district

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department offers the first and second doses of Pfizer and Modern vaccines, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single doses, pediatric and infant 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

Pottawattamie County

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 provides COVID-19 vaccinations during its regular walk-in clinic hours. While the health department does have access to Pfizer and Moderna doses, it’s recommended that you call ahead to make sure they have a current stock of the vaccine formula you’re looking for.

The health department suggests you print and fill out paperwork ahead of your arrival.

Vaccinations are offered during the following Fremont clinic hours at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave.:

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays
  • 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-6:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays

The Three Rivers clinic, located at 1320 E. 31st St. across from Lake Wanahoo, is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.

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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