COVID-19-related hospitalizations decrease in Douglas County; fewer cases reported

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Sep 26, 2022

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday reported 200 new positive COVID-19 tests were received since Thursday’s report when 226 cases were reported. There have now been 169,508 positive cases 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 one new confirmed COVID-19-related death since Thursday. A vaccinated man in his 60s has died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1,186.

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 update received by DCHD Sunday:

  • There were 118 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and all were adults.
    • Seventeen adults were receiving ICU-level care.
    • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest and all of them were adults.
    • Eight people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 84% rate with 211 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 82% rate with 54 staffed beds available.
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 86% of capacity with 18 beds available.

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