Douglas Co. passes 600+ mark for COVID-19-related deaths; overall drop in positivity rate

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 23:22:01-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) four more COVID-related deaths and 86 new cases.

With the new cases, the community total is now at 61,151.

The total number of deaths is now at 601. Those cases include “three women and one man, all over 75.”

The department said 48,032 Douglas County residents have recovered from the disease.

Lincoln Has Two More Deaths From COVID-19 Today

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19. The deaths were a woman in her 90s who was hospitalized and a man in his 80s from a long-term care facility who had been hospitalized. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 200. On behalf of the City, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.

LLCHD reports 71 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 26,789.

Visit[] to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: 10,374

Weekly positivity rate:

  • January 17 through 23: 26.7 percent
  • January 31 through February 1: not available

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 55 with 34 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and 21 from other communities (one on a ventilator).

Vaccine registrations: 67,000

An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is now available at Those who do not have online access or who need assistance may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register.

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

Director Scott R. Frakes announced that five staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff members are employed at the following locations: Nebraska State Penitentiary (1), Omaha Correctional Center (1), Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (1), Lincoln Correctional Center (1) and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (1). All staff members are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in those locations as to the positive cases. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff members will be directed to self-quarantine.

This brings the total number of NDCS staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 to 515. Four hundred and ninety-five of those individuals have recovered from COVID-19.

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