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Omaha-metro hospitals see decreasing trend in Covid-19 patients, the situation seems stable for now

Omaha, Nebraska – In the following, you will find the most recent updates from data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 figures that were reported by health officials in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Sarpy/Cass data snapshot

The pandemic death toll in the health district currently stands at 350 persons, with 304 of those deaths occurring in Sarpy County and 46 occurring in Cass County, according to the most recent update to the COVID-19 dashboard maintained by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

There is no information regarding their age ranges or pre-existing conditions provided by the dashboard.

CASES: As of Tuesday, the dashboard indicated that there were 473 active cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, which is a decrease from the 607 cases that were reported approximately a week ago; and there were 91 in Cass County, which is an increase from the 54 cases that were indicated on the dashboard last week. To this day, Sarpy/Cass has confirmed a total of 55,176 instances of COVID-19 in Sarpy County, which is 256 more cases than were reported one week ago; and 6,692 cases in Cass County, which is an increase of 75 cases over the previous week.

The majority of the health district’s currently active cases are people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s; specifically, there are 79 instances of people in their 20s, 78 cases of people in their 30s, and 70 cases of people in their 40s. There are also 98 active cases among youth ages 14 and younger, which is a decrease from the 125 instances that were reported a week earlier; 37 of those active pediatric cases are among children ages 4 or less, which is the age range that was most recently licensed for vaccination with COVID-19.

POSITIVITY RATE: As of Saturday, the health department reported a test positivity rate of 17.8%. This is a decrease from the adjusted rate of 21.7% reported the previous week. Prior to that, it had been hovering about 24.8%, and prior to that, it had been 17.6%. In comparison, the laboratory only conducted 271 tests during the week that ended on Saturday, when it had performed 342 tests during the previous week.

HOSPITALIZATIONS According to the dashboard, the hospital data for the Sarpy/Cass Health Department comes from Douglas County. This information can be seen in the update regarding Douglas County that has been provided below.

VACCINATIONS The health department reported this week that the vaccination rates among inhabitants were slightly higher than they were the previous week. These rates are presently at 67.4% in Sarpy County and 63.2% in Cass County respectively.

Three Rivers data snapshot

The COVID-19 dashboard that was previously maintained by the Three Rivers Public Health Department has been replaced with a link to the COVID-19 information page maintained by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as a link to the DDC dropdown widget, which enables users to determine the risk level for their county.

As of this past Tuesday, the widget indicated that the risk level for the counties of Dodge, Saunders, and Washington was “medium.”

Dashboards will no longer be used in schools.

As the new school year 2022-23 gets begun, many school districts have stopped releasing COVID-19 dashboards or case tallies, as they did for a significant portion of the previous school year. This was the case for the majority of districts.

There is, in fact, a grid that shows each school in the Council Bluffs Community Schools district its own risk rating. Ralston Public Schools does not have a page dedicated to COVID-19 on its website; however, the 2022-23 RPS Plan for a Safe Return document includes incorporate guidelines.

The following location is where you can obtain information on COVID-19 for the remaining local school districts:

An update on the OMAHA-METRO SCHOOL DISTRICTS in Douglas County

The COVID-19 data have been reported by the Douglas County Health Department twice every week, with new statistics being released on Mondays and Thursdays respectively. As Monday was a holiday, DCHD delivered the update on Tuesday.

The number of people who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in their area is currently 1,171.

CASES The DCHD revealed on Tuesday that there were a total of 504 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the previous Thursday. Around this time last year, the District of Columbia Health Department was reporting that 438 cases had been confirmed throughout the course of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The most recent instances raise the overall number of people affected by the local pandemic to 168,095. The current count of 188 cases of reinfection is an increase over the previous count of 165 cases as of August 27. The most recent seven-day period ended on Saturday, September 3.

The most current case figures brought the seven-day average to 132 as of Tuesday, which is an increase from the previous number of recorded cases, which was 128 on Thursday. The COVID-19 dashboard for Douglas County revealed that as of Monday, the rolling seven-day average per 100,000 people was 137.6 instances. This number represents a decrease from the 156.3 cases that were reported the previous week.

POSITIVITY RATE According to the DCHD COVID-19 dashboard, the local positivity rate was at 16.9% as of Saturday. This represents a modest increase when compared to the adjusted 18.1% that was reported the previous week. Prior to that, it had been hovering around 22%, and prior to that, it had been at 22.4%. When we last checked, it was 7.2% about a year ago.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: As of late Monday night, local hospitals were providing care for 121 COVID-19 patients, all of whom were adults. This number represents a decrease from the 145 people who were confirmed to have the virus on Thursday and is the lowest figure that has been reported since July 18. 17 of these patients were adults, and three of them were on ventilators while they were being treated in the intensive care unit.

Around this time last year, the DCHD was reporting 193 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the area.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY The capacity of the area’s hospitals varies depending on the number of staff members. As of late Monday, hospitals had 277 beds available, which is an increase over the 236 beds that were reported to be available on Thursday. The number of available beds in the region’s intensive care units increased to 67 from the previous day’s report of 35. It was stated that there were 15 beds available in pediatric intensive care units, which is an increase of one bed over what was reported on Thursday. A little over a year ago, the local hospitals were approximately 78% full with 310 beds available, and the intensive care units were approximately 84% full with 47 beds available.

VACCINATIONS: To date, 5,433 pediatric doses — for ages 6 months to 4 years — have been delivered throughout the county. As a direct consequence of this, 4.6% of children in Douglas County who are in the appropriate age group have received all of their vaccinations.

The amount of people who were vaccinated across all other age categories showed almost little change from the previous week. As of right now, 67.5% of all residents of Douglas County have been immunized, with 57.2% of eligible people, fully immunized residents aged 5 and older, obtaining their third dose of vaccination. There is a vaccination rate of 40.8% among children ages 5-11, while the vaccination rate is 69.4% among adolescents ages 12-17 in the county.

Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: Among the pharmacies in and around the Omaha metropolitan area that are currently taking part in the program are the following:

Medicine Man Pharmacy can be found at 15615 Pacific Street, Suite 8, Omaha, Nebraska 668118; ViaRx can be found at 825 North 90th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114; and Walmart can be found at 3010 East 23rd Street, Fremont, Nebraska 68025.

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups are available at the following locations: Baker’s, CVS, Hy-Vee, Kohl’s, Kubat, Sam’s Club, and Walmart

The County of Douglas

The following is a list of the vaccination clinics that have been set for this week in Douglas County for COVID-19, including child vaccination clinics that will be held in schools in the surrounding region. Every medical facility welcomes patients from the general public to receive any of the vaccinations that are considered safe and effective as outlined in the following table. Those who intend to receive a booster shot are reminded to carry their immunization card with them.

All immunizations will be made accessible for people of all ages on FRIDAY from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, which is located at 1111 S. 41st St.
At Girls Inc., located at 2811 N. 45th St., from noon to three o’clock in the afternoon – Pfizer and Moderna are both accessible to people of all ages.
At the Douglas County Health Department, which is situated at 1111 S. 41st St., on Friday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., all immunizations will be made available to people of all ages.
About Text Nebraska

Residents of Douglas County who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being encouraged by the Douglas County Health Department to work together with Text Nebraska in an effort to help stop the virus from spreading any further.

If you are 19 or older, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and provided a cell number when registering for your test, then it is likely that you will receive a text message from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services phone number 1-844-774-7604 prompting you to take a survey. This message will come from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services phone number. Including that number in the directory of your phone will ensure that it is not identified as a spam call by either your phone or your service provider.

In a news release issued on Thursday, DCHD stated that the survey “is not spam and it is safe to reply.” They also mentioned that the poll is conducted entirely online and does not need you to have any sort of conversation with anyone.

The Health Director, Dr. Lindsay Huse, was quoted in the statement as saying that “Text Nebraska is the next stage in contact tracing, and this is where you can help.” “Your response is required because the amount of cases being handled by our employees is making it impossible for them to keep up with the demand.”

Please share the results of your home exam.

On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department asked locals to submit the results of their COVID-19 testing conducted at home to them through their website, which is located at douglascountyhealth.com.

The health department advises that you “Look for the blue box labeled ‘Report A COVID-19 Home Test,’ then follow the instructions.”

home visits and consultations

The Department of Community Health and Development (DCHD) is providing assistance to persons who are homebound in order to obtain their vaccinations by organizing in-home appointments for all three adult vaccination kinds, as well as any shot in the series.

Calling the DCHD information helpdesk at (402) 444-3400 will allow you to set this up.

Child vaccination clinics operated by OneWorld.

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are available from OneWorld at the following clinics:

In the southern part of Omaha, at the Livestock Building, which may be found at 4920 South 30th Street.
In Bellevue, at 2207 Georgia Ave.
At 4229 North 90th Street, in the northwest part of Omaha.
At 122 South Sixth Street, in the city of Plattsmouth

In addition, OneWorld provides COVID-19 immunizations for students at the health facilities of schools:

The following schools can be found in the area: Bryan High School, which can be found at 4700 Giles Road; Indian Hill Elementary, which can be found at 3121 U Street; Liberty Elementary, which can be found at 2021 St. Mary’s Avenue; and Spring Lake Elementary, which can be found at 4215 S. 20th Street.

You can contact the number 402-734-4110 to schedule an appointment, or you can walk in and be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Medical Center for Children

Children’s Hospital is to offer dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics for around one month, beginning on Thursday, November 11 — or sooner, if they are supplied the doses earlier than that. These clinics are scheduled to run until the end of November.

Thursdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 o’clock, at the West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices
Saturday hours at the West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices are from 8 a.m. to noon.

After this past Saturday, December 11, pediatric COVID-19 immunizations will be accessible at any Children’s Hospital site, but only through scheduled appointments.

Tuesday and Thursday appointments offered at the Mission Village location, 16909 Q St. For information about appointment times, please call (402) 955-7575 or (402) 955-SHOT (7468).
Appointments are offered on Thursdays and Fridays at the Dundee facility, which is located at 4825 Dodge Street. For information about appointment times, please call (402) 955-7676 or (402) 955-SHOT (7468).
Nebraska Medicine

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are currently being made available by Nebraska Medicine in clinics located inside of a variety of retail pharmacies and health centers located around the Omaha metropolitan area.

Pfizer vaccines will be available at the following locations, by appointment only:

Girls Inc. Health Center is located at 45th Street and West Maple Road Eagle Run Health Center is located at 132nd Street and West Maple Road Fontenelle Health Center is located at 50th Street and Ames Avenue Old Market Health Center is located at 13th and Leavenworth streets Eagle Run Health Center is located at 132nd Street and West Maple Road
At the corner of 175th and Burke streets is where you’ll find the Village Pointe Health Center.

Those individuals who are interested in walk-in appointments can receive immunizations from Johnson & Johnson that are administered in a single dose at the following pharmacies:

J&J immunizations will be available at the Outpatient Pharmacy of the Bellevue Health Center, which can be found near the intersection of 25th Street and Highway 370, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
J&J immunizations will be available at the Outpatient Pharmacy at the Durham Outpatient Center, which is located at the intersection of 45th and Emile streets, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends.
Encircling Omaha

OneWorld, which can be found at 4920 South 30th Street, offers both testing and vaccines for those in the South Omaha area. To schedule an appointment for immunization of anybody aged 12 or older, please call the number 402-734-4110.

To make an appointment at the Charles Drew Health Center, please call the following number: 402-451-3553.

A walk-in COVID-19 immunization clinic will be held at the Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Although identification is not necessary, a parent or guardian must accompany any teen between the ages of 12 and 18 who visits the clinic.

Vaccinations will also be distributed at the Metropolitan Community College campus in Fort Omaha, which can be found at 5300 N. 30th St., on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the same time period. Appointments will be scheduled using the immunization registration that the county maintains.

TOTAL WELLNESS: The DCHD has been collaborating with Total Wellness, which is situated at 9320 H Court, to set up a vaccination clinic that will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the week.

VETERANS: The walk-in hours for the COVID-19 immunization clinics at the Omaha VA Medical Center are from 8:00 a.m. through 2:45 p.m. on weekdays. Eligible veterans can acquire COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters at these clinics. Appointments can also be scheduled through the use of the internet.

The health district of Sarpy and Cass

At its offices, which are situated at 701 Olson Drive in Papillion, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department will be hosting immunization clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric doses, on the following dates and times:

Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Every Wednesday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The health department provides patients with the initial and follow-up doses of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Modern, as well as single doses manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and booster doses of all three vaccines.

You can reach us at 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873 to schedule an appointment.

Pottawattamie County

Residents are encouraged by the Pottawattamie County Public Health Department to take advantage of free drive-through COVID-19 testing at the following locations:

Any Walgreens pharmacy location, as well as the Hy-Vee Pharmacy on West Broadway and the Nomi Health Pharmacy at 1751 Madison Avenue

Free take-home test kits are available at:

All Care Health Center, which can be found in Council Bluffs at 902 South Sixth Street Pottawattamie County Public Health Department office, which can be found in Council Bluffs at 600 South Fourth Street, Suite 100 Council Bluffs

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are available without an appointment at the following locations inside the health department office:

4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays are my day off.
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays

Vaccinations are also offered Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Veterans Affairs Building in Council Bluffs, which is situated at 623 Sixth Avenue.

The health district of Three Rivers.

Those in certain risk categories who have already received immunizations from Pfizer are eligible to receive booster shots from the Three Rivers Public Health Department. Additionally, it is collaborating with local businesses and schools to schedule additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the area.

For the convenience of people who would want to complete the required paperwork in advance of their visit to the health department, all of the relevant forms—including those for kids and adults—have been made available on the department’s website.

The usual clinic hours of 3RPHD are as follows:

Tuesdays from four in the afternoon to seven in the evening are walk-in hours at the Three Rivers clinic in Fremont, which is located at 2400 North Lincoln Avenue.
The Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo, which can be found at 1320 E. 31st St., is open to walk-in patients on the first and third Mondays of every month in Saunders County. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Calling the health district at 402-704-2245 is recommended for individuals who are unable to leave their homes or who require special accommodations in order to take the COVID-19 test or receive the immunization.

Help available offline

The vaccine can be obtained at most locations of the Methodist Physicians Clinic, according to the Methodist Health Information Center. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment to receive the immunization, and you can do so by contacting (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 COVID-19 immunization process and to obtain assistance with signing up for a vaccine appointment. These numbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE: Local COVID-19 information is available, in both Spanish and English, on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with the exception of holidays. Help is available at this number: (402) 444-3400.

IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Residents of Iowa who are having trouble locating a vaccination appointment should call either 211 or 1-800-244-7431 for assistance. Contact the Connections Area Agency on Aging by calling 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209 if you are an older Iowa resident or if you are confined to your home. For multilingual support, call 1-877-558-2609.

CALL THE NATIONAL COVID-19 HOTLINE AT 1-800-232-0233 TO Verify VACCINE AVAILABILITY IN YOUR AREA If you want to check vaccine availability in your area, call the national COVID-19 hotline.

Links to useful resources

Douglas County is the location of the testing center.

Registration for the vaccination is open in the following areas: Douglas County; Sarpy/Cass; Three Rivers; and Nebraska.

vaccinations available at the following hospitals: Children’s Hospital, Methodist Health System, and Nebraska Medicine

Sign-ups for vaccinations at retail pharmacies include: Hy-Vee; Walmart; Sam’s Club; Baker’s; Kohl’s; CVS; and Kubat.

Information on vaccinations: Douglas County | Douglas County clinics | Nebraska | Iowa | Pottawattamie County | Mills County | Fremont County | Douglas County | Nebraska | Iowa |

Dashboards for COVID-19 are as follows: Douglas County, Sarpy County, Three Rivers Health District, Lancaster County, Bryan Health, Nebraska, Iowa, and Worldwide.

Risk dials for COVID-19 are as follows: Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County

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