COVID positivity rate decreases in Douglas County

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 18:53:29-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Douglas County Health Department announced on Sunday that the coronavirus positivity rate in the county for the week that ended Saturday was 26.7 percent.

That's an improvement from the previous week when it was 29.1 percent.

The county reported only 67 new coronavirus cases on Sunday but noted the low number is linked to most testing sites being closed on Christmas Day.

County health officials didn't report any new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, leaving that tally at 455. They say 30,562 county residents have recovered from coronavirus.

As of the most recent report on Saturday, medical and surgical beds in the county were at 69% occupancy with 468 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 67% rate with 113 beds available.

There were 269 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 81 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 21 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).

Forty-three individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.


Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 181 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County Sunday, bringing the total number of local cases to 21,997. The number of deaths in the community remains at 146.

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