Thursday Feb. 23 COVID-19 update: Woman in her 40s among Douglas County deaths

The latest COVID update from Douglas County Health.
Published: Feb. 23, 2023 at 7:40 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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Nebraska data snapshot

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services provides COVID-19 data updates generally each week via its Respiratory Illness Dashboard, found on the Nebraska Public Health Atlas. That dashboard does not include data on COVID-19 hospitalizations or deaths, hospital capacity, or vaccinations.

DEATHS: The CDC data tracker reported 52 COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska for the week ending Wednesday, compared to 37 reported the week prior.

The state had reported 4,879 COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday, with a death rate of 252 deaths per 100,000 people.

CASES: The CDC data tracker reported 1,333 COVID-19 cases in Nebraska in the week ending Wednesday — about the same as the week prior; and a case rate of 68.8 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 56.2 reported two weeks ago and 41.2 cases reported about a month ago.

The state has recorded 564,355 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

POSITIVITY: Testing numbers across the state were declining slightly in recent weeks. The week ending Saturday showed 9,582 tests were conducted — about 1,100 fewer than the previous week’s adjusted total of 10,684. In the same time period, positivity rates decreased from 12.5% to 12.1% — about 6.5% higher than the same time last year, and more than 8% what it was in mid-February 2021.

About a month ago, it was 8.7%; two months ago, it was 11.7%. The highest recorded positivity rates during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic have been 23.2% at the end of April 2020 and 23.4% in mid-January 2022.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: According to CDC data, 91 Nebraskans were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the week ending Feb. 1, down from 110 the week prior. About a year ago, Nebraska hospitals were caring for 617 COVID-19 patients — the second-highest number of COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic.

The highest spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state was 922 patients recorded on Nov. 18, 2020.

VACCINATIONS: CDC data indicates that 66.3% of Nebraskans have been vaccinated; and that 16.7% have received their bivalent dose.

Update on state flu & RSV trends

Influenza numbers, also available on the state DHHS dashboard, decline slightly in the past week, as did the number of tests conducted. The positivity rate as of Saturday, was 2.6% among 3,471 tests, down from an adjusted 2.7% among an adjusted 3,631 tests the week prior. A year ago, about 4,100 tests showed a 10.2% positivity rate.

RSV positivity remained at 2.4% as of Saturday, the same as it was the week prior, among a decreasing number of tests. A year ago, about 2,100 tests showed a 1% positivity rate. Last week, 2,445 tests were conducted compared to an adjusted 2,524 tests conducted the week before.

Pottawattamie County data snapshot

The Iowa Department of Public Health website recently removed its COVID-19 data tracking. The CDC data tracker states that it is updated on Thursdays.

DEATHS: The CDC website indicates an additional local COVID-19 death in the past week, bringing the pandemic death toll is now 349 people. The health department does not provide any demographic information or vaccination status for COVID-19 deaths.

The website also shows the pandemic death toll for all of Iowa is 10,538 people, an increase of 30 people in the past week.

CASES & POSITIVITY: The CDC data indicates 35 cases were reported in the past week ending Wednesday. CDC data showed that transmission is low in Pottawattamie County; but no positivity rate data for the county or all of Iowa has been updated since mid-January 2022.

The state reported a total of 1,626 cases in the past week.

The CDC website also shows that the weekly case rate per 100,000 people in the county is 37.5 cases, the same as it was two weeks ago. That metric for all of Iowa is 51.5 cases.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: The CDC data as of Tuesday shows hospitals across Iowa admitted about 214 new COVID-19 patients in the past week, seven of them in Pottawattamie County. The data also shows 1.3% of hospitalized patients in the county have COVID-19, compared to 1.8% two weeks ago; and 3.3% of ICU patients in the county have COVID-19, compared to 4.3% two weeks ago.

VACCINATIONS: Vaccination data available from the CDC has remained stagnant, showing 60.8% of the county’s population have received their primary vaccination series; and that 16.7% have received their bivalent dose. Iowa vaccination data from the CDC indicates that 64.4% of Iowans have been vaccinated; and that 19.2% of the state’s population has received the bivalent booster.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department reports COVID-19 data twice weekly, issuing updated stats on Mondays and Thursdays. As Monday was a holiday, that report was issued on Tuesday.

DEATHS: DCHD reported Thursday that two COVID-19 deaths had been recorded in recent days.

“A woman in her 40s and a woman over 85 have died. Both had been vaccinated, but their current vaccination status is not known,” the report states.

Douglas County’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,286 people.

CASES: DCHD also reported Thursday that 192 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed since Tuesday’s report. A year ago, DCHD was reporting 107 new cases.

The most recent case numbers lowered the seven-day average from 61 to 60 people. The DCHD dashboard indicated the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 people was at 73.3 cases as of Wednesday, compared to 67.8 cases recorded Tuesday.

A year ago, DCHD was reporting 118.3 cases per 100,000 people after a pandemic record-high of 2,023.9 cases recorded about a month prior, which caused the health director to implement a mask mandate in Omaha.

The latest recent cases bring the local pandemic total to 180,733 cases.

WASTEWATER DATA: As of Monday, CDC wastewater surveillance data indicated the virus level in Douglas County was at 64.2%, based on population, compared to 80.4% reported Friday. The data has been trending upward since Jan. 12 after it had been declining in the weeks prior.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of Wednesday, area hospitals were caring for 106 COVID-19 patients, the same as was reported Tuesday. Of the current patients, five were in ICUs, compared to seven reported Tuesday; and two patients were on ventilators.

Additionally, three adult patients were awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test.

A year ago, DCHD was reporting 260 area COVID-19 hospitalizations.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels. As of Wednesday, hospitals were 82% full with 318 beds available, compared to 375 reported Tuesday. Area ICUs were 84% full with 47 beds available, compared to 53 reported Tuesday. Pediatric ICUs were 79% full with eight beds available, compared to nine reported Tuesday.

A year ago, local hospitals were 90% full with 147 beds available; ICUs were 83% full with 51 beds available; and pediatric ICUs were 89% full with 15 beds available.

VACCINATIONS: The DCHD dashboard showed a slight change in vaccination data. To date, 10,966 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been administered in the county, resulting in 10.2% of Douglas County children in that age group being fully vaccinated.

Vaccination numbers among other age groups remained static: 69% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated with 62.2% of eligible residents, ages 12 and older, receiving their booster or additional doses. Of youth ages 5-11, 43% are vaccinated; and 70.7% of county youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated.

A year ago, 66.3% of all Douglas County residents were vaccinated; youth ages 5-11 were 32% vaccinated; and 66% of county youth ages 12-17 were considered 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.


9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st St. – Primary & bivalent doses for ages 6 months and older; flu vaccinations also available

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

“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 quick search: COVID-19 | Coronavirus | Vaccine