Daily COVID-19 data update: no new deaths in metro area

Slight improvements in pediatric and adult ICU capacities
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Posted at 10:39 AM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 14:36:43-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed 330 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. The Health Department did not receive any new death certificates during the past day. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 869.

The Omaha Metropolitan Health Care Coalition — which encompasses Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge and Washington counties in Nebraska, plus hospitals in Council Bluffs and the Missouri Valley across the Iowa border — releases updated COVID-19 case counts and hospital capacity report on a near-daily basis. Unless noted, these capacity numbers include both COVID-19 patients and patients who are in the hospital for other illnesses.

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Tuesday) afternoonmedical and surgical beds were at 89% occupancy with 162 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 89% rate with 33 staffed beds available.
  • There were 296 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • 102 of them are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Three pediatric patients were confirmed among those hospitalized. 
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 92% capacity with eleven beds available.
  • There were seven additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report,
    • Six of them were adults.
  • Fifty-one individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
  • The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 96,041.

The Douglas County Health Department also offered information for two places to get vaccinated tomorrow. The details are below.

  • Skinner Magnet Center at 4304 N. 33rd St. in Omaha, NE
    • Available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Pfizer vaccine, ages 5+.
  • DC West High School: Cafeteria/Community Area at 401 S. Pine St. in Valley, NE
    • Available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Pfizer vaccine, ages 5+.

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