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2 more COVID-19 deaths in Douglas County; 6 metro area kids in ICU with COVID

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-27 18:27:21-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Monday confirmed that 190 new cases of COVID-19 were received by the Department since our last report on Thursday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county since March of 2020 now is 182,583.

The case numbers reported do not include at-home tests. 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 two additional COVID-19-related deaths since Thursday. A man and a woman both over 85 have died. Both had been vaccinated, but their current vaccine status was not known. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic increases to 1,311.

The health department told 3 News Now that it considers being vaccinated for COVID-19 as having the first two shots and that individuals who are listed as vaccinated may or may not have had boosters.

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 coalition update received by DCHD on Sunday:

  • 124 individuals were hospitalized who had COVID-19
    • 6 of them were pediatric patients
    • 16 patients were receiving ICU-level care
    • 8 people hospitalized with COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
    • There were two suspected COVID-19 patients waiting for test results.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 83% rate with 298 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 92% rate with 21 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 73% of capacity with 15 beds available.

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