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Coronavirus case updates: May 26

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Posted at 2:46 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 19:53:49-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Tuesday, KMTV will update this story with the latest numbers. Check back often for updates. The latest updates will be posted at the top. You can find our full coronavirus coverage here.

NEBRASKA

THREE RIVERS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

As of Tuesday morning:

- Dodge County: 392 cases

- Saunders County: 31 cases

- Washington County: 28 cases

- Total 3RPHD Case Count: 451 cases

- 431 medical beds available

- 141 patients hospitalized with COVID-19

- Of the 382 ventilators available to area hospitals, 144 in use, including 46 for confirmed COVID-19 patients

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services says another staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

The department provided the following:

Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). The person is se-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who work and live in the facility as to the new test-positive case. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff member will be directed to self-quarantine until they are cleared by a medical provider.

This brings the number of NDCS staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 12.

DOUGLAS COUNTY YOUTH CENTER:

Douglas County officials recently confirmed that an employee of the Douglas County Youth Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

Prior to the start of the employee’s overnight shift on May 17, 2020, the employee’s temperature check was normal. The following day, the employee was not feeling well and called in sick.

The employee did not have contact with any of the youth at the Youth Center. All employees who had close contact with this employee are in self-isolation at home. Families of all youth who were at the Youth Center at the time were contacted.

The Douglas County Youth Center began screening all employees for COVID-19 related symptoms, including temperature checks, on March 17, 2020.

The Douglas County Youth Center has 142 employees. As of today, there are 77 youth at the Youth Center.

“The health and safety of our kids and staff at the Douglas County Youth Center is our utmost concern,” said Brad Alexander, superintendent of the Douglas County Youth Center. “We are thankful our employee notified us immediately upon becoming symptomatic.”

DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

- 291 additional positive cases for a total of 3,355

- 431 medical surge beds available as of Tuesday night

- 141 patients hospitalized with COVID-19

- 46 ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients

- 604 patients have recovered from COVID-19

The Douglas County Health Department will resume drive-thru clinics in South Omaha on Tuesday with plans to continue testing through Saturday. Clinic hours are noon-5 p.m. in the parking lot across from OneWorld Community Health Center at 4920 South 30th Street.

Anyone looking to be tested at the DCHD clinic is asked to sign up in advance. To do that, simply go to https://is.gd/covidtestesp or https://is.gd/covidtest. Anyone arriving early is asked to park at the Metropolitan Community College Campus.

DOUGLAS COUNTY CORRECTIONAL DEPARTMENT

A third Douglas County correctional officer has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The officer is currently hospitalized.

Officials say there’s no evidence the three cases are related to one another.

“The health and well-being of all our staff is our top priority,” said Mike Myers, director of Douglas County Department of Corrections. “We are anxiously awaiting the full recoveries of each of our affected staff members.”

LINCOLN-LANCASTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

- 9th resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln

- 7 positive cases confirmed on Tuesday for a total of 1,097 cases

IOWA

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

- 16 additional positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 243 positive cases

- 1 additional death for a total of 7 deaths

- New death involves an elderly male from Council Bluffs with pre-existing medical conditions

- 2,876 Pottawattamie County residents have been tested

- 11 people have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 137

- 6 residents are hospitalized and 88 are self-isolating