Douglas Co. reports 199 more COVID cases and two more deaths

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:16:55-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) provided an update on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the county.

The department reported 199 new cases of the virus for a total of 63,423 since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020.

Two additional deaths were reported for a total of 652 to date. Those cases include a man and woman who were both older than 80 years of age.

The department said 53,954 residents have recovered from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Other info from DCHD:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received last evening, medical and surgical beds were at 73% occupancy with 408 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 69% rate with 106 beds available. There were 90 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 39 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 13 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Twenty-two individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
  • The vaccination clinics managed by the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) are full for this week. If you are 65 or older, please visit to schedule a future appointment. Ask a friend or a loved one for help if you don’t have Internet access or you can call DCHD’s info line at (402) 444-3400.
  • The COVID-19 information line became active on March 9 last year and has received more than 40,000 calls. Most callers spoke English, but there have been many Spanish speakers. DCHD also has had callers who speak Arabic, Vietnamese, Nepali, Burmese, Kannada, and Karen. There also have been some callers with hearing impairments. Non-English speakers account for 1,700 of the calls received.
  • For the week that ended Saturday, the positivity rate on 3,245 tests was 18.5% with 595 new cases. That continues a drop from the 20.7% of last week.

Lancaster County COVID-19 Update for February 22

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that 42 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 27,892. The total number of deaths in the community remains at 217.

LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: 12,865

Weekly positivity rate:

  • February 14 through 20: 24.1 percent
  • February 21 through 22: not available

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 34 with 22 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and 12 from other communities (none on ventilators).

Vaccine doses administered: 70,649

An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is 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.

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