COVID-19 cases decrease slightly in Omaha area; one infant death reported

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Jan 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-26 12:46:15-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that 129 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the department since our last report on Monday. There are a total of 179, 404 cases of COVID-19 reported in the county since March of 2020.

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 received confirmation of six additional COVID-19-related deaths since Monday. Four males have died, including an infant and three men 60 - 75 years of age, and two women over 75 years old have died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1, 269.

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 Wednesday:

  • There were 102 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, including two pediatric cases.
    • Eight patients were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Five suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients were on a ventilator.
    • There were four COVID-19 persons of interest, generally awaiting test results, and all were adults.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 85% rate with 254 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 85% rate with 43 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 84% of capacity with six beds available.

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