Dec. 28's daily Douglas County COVID update: 502 new cases

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 16:46:27-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed that 502 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day and no new death certificates have been received. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 903.

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 Monday afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 82% occupancy with 260 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 89% rate with 33 staffed beds available.
  • There are 276 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
    • 87 are receiving adult ICU-level care
  • Six pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 88% capacity with 16 beds available.
  • There are eleven additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results),
    • All are adult cases.
  • Thirty-eight 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 101,341.

Update: The Douglas County Health Department provided overall testing numbers on Tuesday afternoon.

As of Monday, a total of 20,911 COVID-19 tests were performed last week. This number may increase as more of the tests get into the state’s data system.

The previous week there were 22,948 tests performed. From that report, 774 tests were performed on Christmas Day.

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