Below are today’s updates from data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 statistics reported by Nebraska and western Iowa health officials.
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 around 2,300 in the past week, from 15,136 tests last week to 12,871 tests as of Saturday. During the same time frame, the adjusted positivity rate decreased from 10.4% to 9.3%.
Prior to a month, it was 14.9%; 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, despite RSV rates increasing from 5.3% to 9.8% in one week. The influenza-positive rate increased to 0.5%.
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 one additional COVID-19 death for the county in the past week, bringing the total number of fatalities to 330. On its dashboard, IDPH gives no demographic information about COVID-19 deaths.
The website also claims that the state has documented 26 COVID-19 deaths in the past week, increasing the total number of deaths attributed to the pandemic to 10,077.
60 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Pottawattamie County in the past week, according to IDPH data. Currently, the county has 31,097 positive tests and 26,631 cases.
The website also indicates that the average number of cases per 100,000 county residents is now 81.5, down from 105.1 a week earlier, and that 76 positive tests have been reported in the last week, down from 98 the week before.
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 reported three COVID-19-related deaths.
The announcement adds, “Three women over the age of 75 have died, and two of them were vaccinated.”
The current local COVID-19 pandemic death toll is 1,189 individuals.
In addition, DCHD said Thursday that 157 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Monday. A year earlier, the DCHD reported 113 confirmed instances in the previous twenty-four hours.
The most recent case counts have maintained the seven-day average at 61 cases, which is the lowest level since May 5. The DCHD dashboard revealed that the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 individuals declined from 69 to 62.5 during the preceding week.
The most recent instances bring the total number of local pandemic cases to 169,658.
As of late Wednesday, regional hospitals were treating for 108 COVID-19 patients, a decrease from the 118 cases recorded on Monday. Three of these patients were in pediatrics, twenty were in intensive care units, and ten were still on ventilators. In addition, five adult patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Prior to one year, DCHD reported 187 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region.
The hospital capacity in a region vary based on staffing levels. As of late Wednesday, hospitals were 88% full with 162 available beds, a decrease from Monday’s projection of 211 available beds. ICUs in the region were 85% occupied with 45 beds available, a decrease from Monday’s figure of 54. The availability of 24 beds in pediatric intensive care units was six more than announced on Monday. Local hospitals were 88% full with 169 available beds and ICUs were 88% full with 35 available beds a year ago.
Since Thursday, the county’s COVID-19 dashboard showed minor increases in some vaccination statistics.
To date, 6,721 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been provided in Douglas County, resulting in a vaccination rate of 6.1% among children in this age group.
Vaccination rates for other age groups exhibited negligible changes compared to previous studies. Currently, 67.8% of Douglas County people are immunized, with 57.5% of eligible residents, fully immunized residents aged 5 and older, receiving their third dose. 41.3 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.
Update on Lincoln-Lancaster County
Thursday, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported a COVID-19 fatality, bringing the total number of local fatalities to 455.
A guy in his 50s who was vaccinated and not hospitalized died, according to a notice from the LLCHD.
In addition, the health authorities stated Thursday that 27 cases had been confirmed in the last twenty-four hours, bringing the total number of pandemic cases to 80,467 to date.
As of Thursday, none of the 33 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the Lincoln region were on ventilators.
The risk level in Lancaster County is “medium-yellow,” meaning that the risk and spread of COVID-19 in that area was moderate. On Saturday, the LLCHD COVID-19 dashboard indicated that the positive rate in Lancaster County was 13.2%.
According to the LLCHD, 69% of Lancaster County people are completely immunized, with 134,623 obtaining a booster dosage.
Did you know that you can receive an updated COVID-19 booster from either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, regardless of whatever primary series or booster product you previously received? Read further: https://bit.ly/3u3wsHF.
Posted by the CDC on September 28, 2022.
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
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.
Primary series for kids 6 months and older; boosters for ages 5-11; FRIDAY, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st.
SATURDAY Noon to 3 p.m. at Girls, Inc., 2828 N 45th St., COVID boosters for ages 12 and older.
Primary series for children 6 months and older; boosters for ages 5-11; FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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
County of Pottawattamie, Iowa
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.
The vaccine is accessible at the vast majority of Methodist Physicians Clinic locations. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled by dialing 402-354-CARE.
Nebraskans can call the NEBRASKA VACCINE HOTLINE at 531-249-1873 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information about the state’s COVID-19 immunization protocol and help scheduling an appointment.
Local COVID-19 information is available in Spanish and English weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays, via the DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE. Dial (402) 444-3400 for help.
IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Iowans who need assistance scheduling a vaccination appointment should contact 211 or 1-800-244-7474. Contact the Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-6337 if you are a senior citizen or a homebound Iowan. For multilingual support, call 1-877-558-2609.
Call the national COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-232-0233 to determine if a vaccine is available in your area.