Douglas County added 683 new positive cases in the overall Covid-19 statistics, pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations reach peak numbers

Omaha, Nebraska – Douglas County Health Department released the results of the latest batch of Covid-19 tests on Friday.

According to the daily report, Douglas County added a total of new 683 new Covid-19 cases in the overall Covid-19 statistics.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 136,188.

According to the department, no new Covid-19 related deaths were reported on Friday meaning that the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic remains at 988.

“Overall cases appear to be declining, and we want to keep that going,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said. “I hope everyone will help in this effort by choosing to be vaccinated and get their eligible family members vaccinated. That includes booster shots.”

However, the number of hospitalizations continues to increase and will take some time before hospitals finally see some relief in the winter wave.

According to the most recent local hospital update received late Thursday afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 86% occupancy with 207 staffed beds available. 
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 85% rate with 46 staffed beds available.
  • Among the 438 individuals who are hospitalized due to COVID-19,
    • There are 28 pediatric patients. That is believed to be a pandemic peak for pediatric cases.
  • Ninety of the adult cases are receiving ICU-level care.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 78% capacity with 29 beds available.
  • There are 11 additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results),
    • This includes four potential adult cases and seven potential pediatric cases.
  • Forty-six individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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