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COVID cases in Douglas County top 48,000

Fifteen more deaths reported
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 18:14:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 360 additional cases of COVID-19 for a total of 48,090 to date. Fifteen additional deaths were also reported.

Among the deaths, ten were women ages 40 through 90. Five were men ages 40 through 80. The number of COVID-19-related in the county is now at 423.

The department said 24,921 Douglas County residents have recovered from the disease.

In addition, according to the latest data, DCHD said:

  • Medical and surgical beds were at 79% occupancy with 318 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 72% rate with 93 beds available.
  • There were 304 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 96 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
  • There are also 24 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).
  • Forty-two individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

In Lincoln, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reported an additional five deaths, 115 lab-confirmed cases and the following:

  • The deaths included two women in their 80s and 90s who were hospitalized, two women in their 80s and 90s who were in long-term care facilities, and a woman in her 40s who had underlying health conditions. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.
  • LLCHD reports 115 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 20,592.
  • Recoveries: up from 6,018 to 6,082
  • Weekly positivity rate:
    • December 6 through December 12: 27.2%
    • December 13 through 17: 28.4%
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 91 with 54 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 37 from other communities (10 on ventilators)

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