Omaha, Nebraska – Last week, Omicron officially became the dominant strain in the state of Nebraska and the surge continues in the upcoming period.
According to the health officials, Douglas County on Tuesday added 1,038 new Covid-19 cases which is the second-largest number since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Just for comparison, the record single-day number of cases was reported few days ago on December 31 when Douglas County added a total of 1,188 cases.
“Hopefully it will come up very quickly and go down very quickly,” UNMC infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Rupp said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of acute disease here in the next couple of weeks, here in Nebraska and here in the Omaha area.”
Since Christmas, the number of hospitalizations in the area has increased by 30% and hospitals are getting closer to their operational limits.
The health department reported 340 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 and 103 staffed beds were available in the area.
“Well over 90% of the patients that are being admitted to the hospital are unvaccinated,” Nebraska Medicine Chief Operating Officer Cory Shaw said.
The total number of reported Covid-19 related deaths is six.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 106,943 people from Douglas County tested positive on the virus.
The total number of reported deaths now reaches 922.
For more Covid-19 related data and vaccination sites, please visit the Douglas County Health Department website.