Douglas Co. reports five COVID-19-related deaths

405 more cases
Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 18:20:32-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department reported 405 additional COVID-19 cases and an additional five deaths related to the pandemic.

With the new case, the total count is now at 49,647 to date.

The new deaths include five men in their 50s and 90s and brings the total to 440.

Since the start of the pandemic, 26,904 residents have recovered from the virus.

Other details released by the department:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received Monday, medical and surgical beds were at 76% occupancy with 376 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 67% rate with 111 beds available. There were 292 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 85 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
  • There are also 24 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Thirty-seven individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The Three Rivers Public Health Department, which serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington Counties, provided the following update:

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has started arriving across the state today and Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) anticipates receiving some vaccine by the end of the week. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, public health staff are using a phased approach, with the first phase of vaccinations going to health care personnel providing care and treatment to COVID-19 patients. Phase 1A also includes emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), and staff and residents of long-term care facilities. Please be patient, the vaccine is on the way.

3RPHD reminds you that even when the vaccine becomes widely available, we will still need to practice excellent hand hygiene, wear masks, and avoid crowds until the transmission rates come down.

Sadly, we are reporting two new deaths related to COVID-19. A Dodge County resident a man in his 70s. A Saunders County resident a man in his 60s. This brings our total death count to 55 deaths in Dodge County, 13 deaths in Saunders and 15 deaths in Washington County for a total of 83 deaths in the 3RPHD health district.

As a reminder our data dashboard is updated Monday-Friday at 5:00pm. For questions or more information about COVID-19, please call Three Rivers at 402-727-5396, email or visit


Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 137.

The deaths included a woman in her 70s who was in a long-term care facility and a man in his 80s who was hospitalized. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.

LLCHD said 175 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County were reported Sunday and 25 today. Sunday’s results were delayed due to the State’s technical difficulties. Those issues continue today, and may result in an incomplete count for Monday. The total number of cases in Lancaster County is now 21,106.

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

Recoveries: up from 6,108 to 6,244

Weekly positivity rate:

  • December 13 through 19: 27.4 percent
  • December 20 through 21: 27.2 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 103 with 55 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 48 from other communities (four on ventilators).

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