OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed in its daily email that 1,433 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since its report on Saturday when 1,848 new cases were confirmed.
Saturday was the highest number of daily COVID-19 tests reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The large majority of locally sequenced cases have been identified as the omicron variant,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in a press release. “Please take this seriously. While it may be less likely to produce a serious illness than earlier strains, some people still will get very sick, and our hospitals are running out of room.”
The health department confirmed four new COVID-19-related death certificates during the past day. Three men between the ages of 50 and 75 and a woman over 85 have died. None of the deceased individuals were vaccinated.
The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 945.
The Omaha Metropolitan Health Care 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 a near-daily basis.
According to the most recent local hospital report received Sunday:
- Medical and surgical beds were at 87% occupancy with 182 staffed beds available.
- Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 92% rate with 23 staffed beds available.
- Fifty-five individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
- There were 380 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
- 102 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
- Eight pediatric patients were confirmed among those hospitalized.
- Pediatric ICU beds were at 88% capacity with 16 beds available.
- There were seven additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report
- All are adults.
The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 113,828.
The next scheduled DCHD vaccination clinics:
- Beals Elementary, 1720 S. 84th St., 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
- Pinewood Elementary, 6717 N. 63rd St., 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
- Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., noon-4 p.m. All vaccines offered.
- Gomez Heritage Elementary School, 5101 S. 17th St., 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
- Standing Bear Elementary School, 15860 Taylor St., 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.