Nebraska COVID-19 update: 3 deaths, 89 new cases in Douglas County; Elkhorn nursing home retesting residents

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(WOWT) -- Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported Friday by health officials across Nebraska.

Douglas County reports 3 deaths, 89 new cases

Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported three additional deaths and 89 new COVID-19 cases.

DCHD said the three who died were all more than 85 years old.

The county has reported 27 COVID-19 deaths and 2,928 confirmed cases to date. The county's positivity rate is "just under 11 percent," according to Friday's DCHD news release.

According to the DCHD release, 604 residents have recovered from COVID-19.

As of Thursday night, county hospitals had 415 beds available and were reporting 149 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. "An additional 46 people were hospitalized as COVID-19 persons of interest," the release says.

The county has 42 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and has 244 other ventilators available.

During the Omaha mayor's weekly news conference Friday, Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour shared further details about the county's recent case numbers.

Pour said that locally, there are more than 2,900 positive cases, and that 604 people — 20% — have recovered from COVID-19 in Douglas County.

More than 21,000 — 3.7% of the population — have been tested in the county, she said. Of those says there has been more spread outside of the 57 clusters, she says that makes her nervous.

Noting the long weekend ahead, Dr. Pour encouraged everyone to practice social distancing and hand-washing.

"My message to all of you is take personal responsibility," she said. "Do those things you know work: distancing, small groups, wear masks. If you do all of these things, we can all enjoy and feel safe — and come back Tuesday and have a safer community."

Pour said the county's health care system is being watched very carefully.

"Dr. Anthone is talking to each hospital system," she said. The increase in bed usage is likely because of elective surgeries, she said, and doesn't seem to be directly related to COVID-19.

Staffing concerns are also top-of-mind for those in the health field as COVID-19 patients "take a lot of time to work with," she said.

"We are all concerned about it," she said.

Pour said health officials are seeing individuals needing hospitalization a week or 10 days later, but that 80% never need hospitalization.

"I am concerned we are increasing the transmission rate," she said. "I went to a store, drove by, and saw all these cars and lines — I turned around and went home. That's how people should feel."

Increasing numbers of people going out to dinner and such as restrictions loosen have raised concerns about what the future holds.

"If we're not taking this seriously, we'll see this all summer," Pour said.

Life Care Center reports 7th death, plans to retest

Life Care Center in Elkhorn reported its seventh COVID-19 death Friday and announced plans to retest those residents who previously tested negative.

"In consultation with both state and county health agencies, we will be retesting all residents who initially tested negative," the release states.

According to a news release from the center, three more residents have tested positive, but it also states that five more residents are being treated for the virus at LCC and that seven fewer have tested negative.

"At this point, there is no plan to move all patients out of the facility," the release states, noting residents who develop "acute symptoms" will be transferred to a hospital.

"Each resident and the resident’s family have the freedom to make individual decisions on the best course of action for their loved one," the release states. "If a family chooses, they may take their loved one out of our facility and care for them in their own home or place them in a different facility."

Ten residents remain hospitalized — the same number reported since Wednesday.

One more employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the release states, bringing the total number of positive cases among staff to 28, but the release states that 25 employees are out sick — the same number reported Thursday — while the recovery total for employees remains at two.

Three Rivers reports testing event results

Three Rivers Public Health Department announced Friday results of a mass testing event from May 18.

A total of 194 individuals were tested at the event held at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo. Four new confirmed cases were identified.

One is a pediatric case in Saunders County, two are adults in Saunders County and one is an adult in Dodge County.

The event was held in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska National Guard.

Lincoln reports 39 cases

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced 38 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The community's total is now 1,005.

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New Test Nebraska schedule released

Test Nebraska COVID-19 testing will be available throughout the state at the following times and locations:

  • OMAHA -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23, 26, 30 at 455 N. 10th St.
  • LINCOLN -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23, 26, 30 at 4100 N. 84th St.
  • KEARNEY -- 8-11 a.m. & 3-6 p.m. May 29-30 at 3807 N. Ave.
  • YORK -- 8-11 a.m. & 3-6 p.m. May 26 at 3130 Holen Ave.
  • SEWARD -- 8-11 a.m. & 3-6 p.m. May 27 at 900 W. Scott St.
  • BEATRICE -- 8-11 a.m. & 3-6 p.m. May 29-30 at 400 N. 14th St.
  • HASTINGS -- 8-11 a.m. & 3-6 p.m. May 26 and 8-11 a.m. May 27 at 947 S. Baltimore Ave.
  • CLAY CENTER -- 3-6 p.m. May 27 at 701 N. Martin

The Dakota City testing site concluded testing Friday evening.