OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — NEBRASKA
The Douglas County Health Department reported 661 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday for a total of 41,242 since the pandemic began.
Nine new COVID-19 related deaths were reported involving four men and five womenn, all over the age of 50.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths is now 343.
Additionally, the health department says 20,832 residents have recovered.
In addition, the health department said:
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described new and shortened quarantine guidance.
At this time, the Nebraska Directed Health Measure (DHM) requires individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. Until the DHM is updated, individuals need to continue to quarantine for 14 days.
The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) anticipates a change to the DHM to reflect the new changes regarding quarantine in the next few days.
According to our most recent report received today, medical and surgical beds were at 81% occupancy with 293 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 77% rate with 78 beds available. There were 382 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 93 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 23 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Fifty-one individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators."