Daily COVID update: ICU occupancy remains high for adults and children in the Omaha metro

Numbers include COVID and other patients
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Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 13:26:52-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department reported 256 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

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 hospital capacity report to the Douglas County Health Department on a near-daily basis.

According to the most recent local hospital report received Thursday afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 92% occupancy with 108 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at a 96% rate with 12 staffed beds available.
  • There are 324 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • 84 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Thirty-seven individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 are on ventilators.
  • Five pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 91% capacity with 12 beds available.
  • There are nine additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report, with eight potential adult and one potential pediatric case.

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