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Douglas Country reports 15 COVID-19-related deaths

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 14:21:38-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department reported 15 additional COVID-19-related deaths for a total of 455 to date.

The health department said the deaths included:

  • Nine men ranging in age from their early 50s to 90
  • Six women have passed with one in her 60s and one in her 70s plus four over the age of 80

Four-hundred-seventeen additional COVID-19 cases have also been reported bringing the county total to 50,338 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The department said 28,098 people have recovered from the disease since March.

You can read more in the Douglas County Health Department's release:

"The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) wants you to know about a new app that smartphone owners can use to monitor themselves for any side effects from a COVID-19 vaccination.

It’s called V-safe and it can be used to tell the CDC about any concerns a person may have once they have been vaccinated. It also will provide the user with a reminder of when to get the second dose and helps public health learn how to better protect everyone from the pandemic.

To learn more and sign up go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html. Or, use Google and type in Vsafe.cdc.gov and it should take you to a page where you can learn more and register for this service. This is completely voluntary.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone extensive clinical testing with the most common side effects being soreness at the point of the injection, a mild fever and possible body aches the second day after a person has been vaccinated. If you experience a serious reaction you should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

On Wednesday, December 23, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 417 new cases of COVID-19 that were received over the past day ending at midnight. The total number of cases in the county since the start of the pandemic in March is 50,338.

The Health Department received 15 new death certificates related to the pandemic during the past day. We have lost nine men ranging in age from their early 50s to 90, and six women have passed with one in her 60s and one in her 70s plus four over the age of 80. The number of deaths in the county connected to the pandemic is now 455. DCHD can report that 28,098 Douglas County residents have recovered from the disease.

According to the most recent local hospital report received today, medical and surgical beds were at 79% occupancy with 329 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 75% rate with 831 beds available. There were 313 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 90 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 16 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Forty-four individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators."

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