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Covid-19 is not gone, but cases continue to decline in Douglas County

OMAHA, Nebraska — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department announced that it had received 200 new positive COVID-19 tests since the previous report, which had been issued on Thursday and detailed 270 cases. Since March of this year, there have been 169,101 confirmed instances of the disease.

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The reported case numbers do not include results from any at-home tests. Residents of Douglas County are nevertheless encouraged by the county health department to submit the findings of any at-home tests they do because county health officials do check these results.

Since Thursday, DCHD has received confirmation of two further deaths associated with COVID-19. A man in his 60s who was not vaccinated has passed away, and another man in his 70s who was vaccinated has also passed away. At this time, there have been 1,183 people lose their lives due to complications associated with COVID-19 in Douglas County during the pandemic.

Every Monday and Thursday, the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition provides the Douglas County Health Department with an up-to-date COVID-19 case count as well as a hospital occupancy report. This coalition serves the counties of Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, and Washington in Nebraska in addition to hospitals in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley in Iowa. Patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 and patients hospitalized due to any and all other illnesses and injuries are included in the total data, unless otherwise specified.

According to the most recent local hospital update received by DCHD Sunday:

  • There were 134 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 including four pediatric patients.
    • Eighteen adults were receiving ICU-level care.
    • There were three additional COVID-19 persons of interest and all of them were adults.
    • Five people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 82% rate with 245 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 87% rate with 37 staffed beds available.
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 90% of capacity with 13 beds available.

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