Coronavirus cases reach new record in Douglas County; 978 cases up from yesterday's total

Adi Pour
Posted at 12:55 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 19:36:11-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In a letter signed by Dr. Adi Pour, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 978 new cases of COVID-19 that were received as of midnight the past day. The previous record of 844 new caseswas reported by DCHD on Wednesday. The total number of cases in Douglas County now is 33,968 since the pandemic began in March.

As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Thursday, 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 school cases here.




    • The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that another resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 64. The individual was a man in his 90s who had been in a nursing home. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to his family and friends.
    • LLCHD reports 372 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 13,822.
    • Recoveries: up from 4,791 to 4,835
    • Weekly positivity rate:
      • November 8 through 14: 29.1 percent
      • November 15 through 19: 28.7 percent
    • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 165 with 66 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 99 from other communities (12 on ventilators).
    • The COVID-19 Risk Dial is now in the red position. The red dial position indicates a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
      • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
      • Work from home if possible.
      • Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
      • Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
      • Avoid gatherings.
      • Only visit businesses and participate in activities where public health guidelines are observed. The guidelines include mask wearing, physical distancing and capacity limits.
      • Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. If you have symptoms, please get tested. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.
    • The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or Drive through test sites include:
      • Bryan Health: Former Graham Tire Store, northeast corner of 19th and “O” streets.
      • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall. Test Nebraska’s hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
      • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive. Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge at 402-435-5300 and South West Family at 402-420-1300.
    • LLCHD reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza. The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu immunization location in November.
    • LLCHD will provide free flu immunizations to anyone age 6 months and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or visit (keyword: vaccine).
    • For more information, visit or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.



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