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DCHD reports second-highest COVID case count Tuesday

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 15:26:07-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) released its daily COVID report. It confirmed that 1,038 new positive COVID-19 tests were received since midnight the previous day. It's the second-highest number of positive COVID-19 tests. The highest overall positive test count since the beginning of the pandemic was recorded just five days ago when the count reached 1,188 on Dec. 30, says DCHD spokesman, Phil Rooney.

DCHD confirmed six new deaths attributed to COVID-19. The death certificates are for three men, one in his 50s, one in his 60s and one in his 70s, all of whom were unvaccinated. Two vaccinated women in their 60s have died, as well as an unvaccinated woman over 80.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 922.

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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 Tuesday afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 93% occupancy with 103 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at a 91% rate with 26 staffed beds available.
  • There are 340 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
    • 105 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Seven pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 85% capacity with 20 beds available.
  • There are five additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report.
  • Fifty-five individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 are on ventilators.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 106,943. 

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