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Douglas County Health Department reports 4 new COVID deaths, cases slightly rise

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday reported 210 new positive COVID-19 tests had been received since There have now been 170,992 positive cases since March of 2020.

The county health department still encourages Douglas County residents to report their at-home test results because health officials do review them.

DCHD has received confirmation of four additional COVID-19-related deaths since Monday. A woman in her 50s and three people, two women and one man, all over 85 have died. All of them were vaccinated. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 1,201.

The Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition — which encompasses Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, and Washington counties in Nebraska, plus hospitals in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley, Iowa — releases updated COVID-19 case counts and a hospital occupancy report to the Douglas County Health Department on Mondays and Thursdays. The overall numbers include both COVID-19 patients and hospitalized patients for all other illnesses and injuries unless otherwise noted.

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

  • There were 97 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 including two pediatric cases. 
    • Twelve adults were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Five people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 89% rate with 210 staffed beds available.
  • There were 17 COVID-19 persons of interest, waiting for test results.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 94% rate with 17 staffed beds available.
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 86% of capacity with nine beds available.

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