Omaha, Nebraska – The Omicron surge continues in the Douglas County area, something that is also the case in many other states across the country.
Hospitals are slowly getting to the limits of their full capacities as they fight both increasing number of patients and staffing shortage.
The vaccines are offering 100% protection of getting infected with Omicron, but they do offer more than significant protection in developing severe condition against the virus and deaths. That’s the main reason why Omicron spreads so quickly infecting both fully vaccinated, boosted and those with developed natural immunity.
According to the latest daily Covid-19 report, Douglas County added a total of 1,834 new Covid-19 cases, now reaching a total of 11,440 cases since the start of the pandemic.
According to the same report, two additional Covid-19 related deaths were added in the statistics, now reaching a total of 956 Covid-19 related deaths in Douglas County since the start of the pandemic. Local health officials confirmed that both deaths are men in their 70s. One of them was fully vaccinated, while the other one was not vaccinated.
The Thursday’s numbers increased the number of cases per 100,000. With the latest data, Douglas County seven-day average is now 1,585 cases per 100,000 population, which is a slight increase from Tuesday when this number was 1,534.
While the Omicron continues its surge in the Douglas County area, hospitals are slowly running out of beds, while the local residents are having hard times to get tested for Covid-19 since the testing sites are overwhelmed with people who want to take a PCR test. Those who somehow manage to make an appointment for testing, usually wait for hours in the long lines in front of the testing sites.