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Covid-19 positivity rate and new cases are declining in the Omaha area

Omaha, Nebraska – Below are today’s updates from data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 statistics reported by Nebraska and western Iowa health officials.

Continue scrolling to locate a local immunization clinic.

Nebraska data snapshot

Each week, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services updates the Respiratory Illness Dashboard on the Nebraska Public Health Atlas with COVID-19 data. This dashboard lacks information on COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, hospital capacity, and immunizations.

CASES & POSITIVE: Statewide testing counts decreased by almost 1,800 in the previous week, from 16,166 tests last week to 14,262 tests as of Saturday. During the same time frame, rates of positively decreased from 12.1% to 10.0%.

Prior to a month, it was 14.8%; prior to two months, it was 17.5%. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest documented positive rates were 23.2% at the end of April 2020 and 23.4% at mid-January 2022.

RSV and influenza rates, which are also displayed on the dashboard, remain low in Nebraska, however RSV rates increased to a year-to-date high of 5.2% on Saturday. The influenza-positive rate increased slightly to 0.4%.

Snapshot of Pottawattamie County data

The following information was obtained from Tuesday’s statistics on the website of the Iowa Department of Public Health, which no longer contains hospitalization and hospital capacity data.

The IDPH website reported two additional COVID-19 deaths for the county in the past week, bringing the total number of fatalities to 329. On its dashboard, IDPH gives no demographic information about COVID-19 deaths.

The website also claims that the state has documented 83 COVID-19 deaths in the past week, increasing the total number of deaths attributed to the pandemic to 10,051.

In the past week, 69 instances of COVID-19 have been verified in Pottawattamie County, according to statistics from the IDPH. Currently, the county has 31,005 positive tests and 26,571 cases.

The website also indicates that the average number of cases per 100,000 persons in the county is now 105.1, up from 154.5 a week ago, and that 98 positive tests have been registered in the past week.

Vaccinations: In August, the IDPH withdrew its vaccine data.

Douglas County current events

On Mondays and Thursdays, the Douglas County Health Department has been releasing updated COVID-19 data reports.

Thursday, the health service announced two COVID-19-related deaths.

“A guy who was vaccinated and a man who was not vaccinated, both above the age of 75, have died,” the announcement adds.

The current local COVID-19 pandemic death toll is 1,185 individuals.

In addition, DCHD revealed on Thursday that 226 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Monday’s release. Prior to a year ago, the DCHD reported 176 verified instances in the previous 24 hours.

The most recent case data decreased the seven-day average from 67 cases on Monday to 67 instances, the lowest level since May 5. Thursday’s DCHD dashboard showed that the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 individuals declined from 82.3 cases a week earlier to 74.6 cases on Wednesday.

The most recent instances bring the total number of local pandemic cases to 169,318. The COVID-19 dashboard for Douglas County also states that the most recent recorded number of reinfections for a week ending was 84.

POSITIVITY RATE: According to the DCHD COVID-19 dashboard, the local positivity figure was 11.9% as of Saturday, down from the previous week’s adjusted rate of 15.7%. Prior to one month, it was 17.4%; prior to two months, it was 21.7%. In the past year, it was 7.7%.

Monday’s DCHD dashboard stated that the community level was “low.”

As of late Wednesday, regional hospitals were caring for 130 COVID-19 patients, a decrease from the 134 patients recorded on Monday. There were three pediatric patients, 20 adult patients in intensive care units, and eight patients on ventilators. In addition, two adult patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Before a year, DCHD reported 193 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region.

The hospital capacity in a region vary based on staffing levels. As of late Sunday, hospitals were 82% full with 245 open beds, an increase from Thursday’s 174 available beds. The area’s intensive care units were 87% full with 37 open beds, up from 20 on Thursday. There were 13 open beds in pediatric intensive care units, which is four fewer than what was announced Thursday. Prior to one year ago, local hospitals were 89% full with 151 available beds, while ICUs were 85% full with 43 available beds.

Since Monday, the county’s COVID-19 dashboard revealed minor increases in certain vaccination statistics.

To date, 6,379 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been delivered in Douglas County, resulting in a vaccination rate of 5.7% among children in this age group.

Vaccination rates among other age groups hardly changed since previous studies. Currently, 67.6% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated, and 57.3% of eligible citizens, fully vaccinated residents aged 5 and older, have received their third dose. 41.2 percent of children ages 5 to 11 are vaccinated, whereas 69.6 percent of those ages 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated.

Late in August, DCHD posted its most recent update on COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough rates for the county on its dashboard: The rate of breakthrough cases was 11.8%, with 45,359 confirmed cases among the 383,135 completely vaccinated individuals aged 5 and older. The county’s breakthrough fatality rate was 0.051 percent, with 194 deaths confirmed among breakthrough cases.

The dashboard now includes a message directing users to the CDC COVID Data Tracker for additional information.

Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program Participating pharmacies in and around the Omaha metropolitan region include:

Medicine Man Pharmacy, 15615 Pacific Street, Suite 8, Omaha, Nebraska 668118 ViaRx, 825 North 90th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 Walmart, 3010 East 23rd Street, Fremont, Nebraska 68025

Vaccine enrollments at retail pharmacies: Baker’s | CVS | Hy-Vee | Kohl’s | Kubat | Sam’s Club | Walmart

Franklin County

Below is a list of the Douglas County COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for this week, including clinics for school-aged children. All clinics are accessible to the general public for any recommended immunization in the series listed below. Those seeking a booster immunization should provide their vaccination card.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 5505 Ames Avenue, COVID boosters for ages 12 and older will be administered.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st.
COVID boosters for ages 12+ will be held at Millard North High School, 1010 S. 144th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drive-through clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. at 3131 Lake St., Salem Baptist Church — COVID boosters for ages 12 and up.
Regarding Text Nebraska

The Douglas County Health Department is urging residents who test positive for COVID-19 to assist Text Nebraska in preventing the virus’s further spread.

If you are 19 or older, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and supplied a mobile phone number while registering for your test, you will likely receive a survey invitation by text message from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at 1-844-774-7604. Adding that number to your phone’s directory will prevent your phone or service provider from identifying the call as spam.

“It is not spam and it is safe to respond,” DCHD stated in a news release dated Thursday, adding that the survey is entirely digital and does not need you to speak with anyone.

In the statement, Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse stated, “Text Nebraska is the next step in contact tracking, and this is where you can help.” “Your response is required since our staff is unable to keep up with the volume of requests.”

Report homeschool exam results

Monday, the Douglas County Health Department invited individuals to submit the results of their home COVID-19 tests at douglascountyhealth.com.

The health department requests, “Look for the blue box labeled ‘Report A COVID-19 Home Test,’ then follow the instructions.”

In-home consultations

DCHD assists homebound individuals in receiving vaccinations by scheduling in-home appointments for all three types of adult vaccinations, for any dose in the series.

Call the DCHD information helpline at 402-444-3400 to make arrangements.

OneWorld immunization clinics for children

OneWorld provides COVID-19 immunizations and boosters for children 5 years and older at the following clinics:

The Livestock Building is located at 4920 S. 30th St. in south Omaha.
The location at 2207 Georgia Avenue in Bellevue.
In Omaha’s northwest, at 4229 N. 90th St.
At 122 S. Sixth St. in Plattsmouth

Walk-ins are allowed on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can make an appointment by calling 402-734-4110.

Pediatric Hospital

Children’s Hospital plans to offer dedicated COVID-19 immunization clinics for approximately one month beginning on Thursday, November 11 — or sooner if doses are delivered earlier.

Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the West Village Point and Spring Valley offices
Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon, West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices

After Saturday, December 11, all Children’s Hospital locations will offer COVID-19 immunizations for children by appointment.

Appointments are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mission Village location, 16909 Q St. Call 402-955-7575 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) to inquire about available appointment times.
Appointments are offered on Thursdays and Fridays at the Dundee location, 4825 Dodge St. Call 402-955-7676 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) to inquire about available appointment times.
Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine offers COVID-19 immunizations at multiple retail pharmacies and health locations around the Omaha metropolitan area.

NebMed offers immunizations by appointment at:

Eagle Run Health Center is located at the intersection of 132nd Street and West Maple Road Fontenelle Health Center is located at the intersection of 50th Street and Ames Avenue Girls Inc. Health Center is located at the intersection of 45th Street and West Maple Road Old Market Health Center is located at the intersection of 13th and Leavenworth streets
Village Pointe Health Center is located at the intersection of 175th and Burke streets.

Pfizer vaccines will be available for walk-in visits at the following outpatient pharmacies:

The Bellevue Health Center, located at 25th Street and Highway 370, will give vaccines Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays
The Durham Outpatient Center, located near the intersection of 45th and Emile streets, will give vaccinations weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Novavax vaccinations are provided at these outpatient pharmacies:

The Lauritzen Outpatient Center, located at 40th and Leavenworth streets, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UNL Health Center, 550 N. 19th St., Lincoln, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to noon.

Lauritzen Outpatient Center, located at 40th and Leavenworth streets, offers Pfizer immunizations for children aged 6 to 12 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Within Omaha

OneWorld is located at 4920 S. 30th St. in South Omaha and provides testing and vaccinations. Call 402-734-4110 to schedule an appointment for vaccination anyone over 12 years of age.

Call 402-451-3553 to make an appointment at the CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER.

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha will offer a walk-in COVID-19 immunization clinic. No identification is required, however a parent or guardian must accompany adolescents ages 12 to 18.

Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., vaccinations will also be distributed at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus, located at 5300 N. 30th St. Appointments will be scheduled using the county’s immunization registration.

DCHD has collaborated with Total Wellness, situated at 9320 H Court, to provide a vaccination clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Veterans may acquire COVID-19 immunizations or boosters at the Omaha VA Medical Center’s walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, appointments can be planned online.

Health district for Sarpy/Cass

The majority of scheduled vaccination clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric and newborn doses, are by appointment only, according to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

The health department provides the initial and second doses of Pfizer and Modern vaccinations, single doses of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), and booster doses of all three vaccines.

To schedule a consultation, contact 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1875.

In Papillion, Nebraska 68046, the health department offers immunization clinics at Midlands Medical Building One, 11109 S. 84th St., Suite 1801.

First Thursday of the month, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; second, third, and fourth Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon
Pottawattamie County

Instead of hosting COVID-19 immunization clinics, the Pottawattamie County Public Health Department now encourages residents to receive their vaccinations at local pharmacies.

Free take-home test kits are available at:

Pottawattamie County Public Health Department, 600 S. Fourth St., Suite 100, in Council Bluffs All Care Health Center, 902 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs Super Saver Pharmacy, 1410 N Broadway in Council Bluffs
Health Clinics of CHI
The Methodist Health Centers
Three Rivers health district Avoca Journal-Herald city halls in Carson, Carter Lake, Macedonia, Oakland, Treynor, Underwood, and Walnut

The Three Rivers Public Health Department provides COVID-19 immunization clinics at the following locations:

Children from 6 months to 4 years of age: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Three Rivers office located at 2400 N. Lincoln Avenue in Fremont.
Ages 5 and older: Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Three Rivers office located at 2400 N. Lincoln Avenue in Fremont.
The Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo, situated at 1320 E. 31st St., is available to walk-ins on the first and third Mondays of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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