Douglas County Health Department records fifth-highest COVID case count in a single day

Silver lining? A slight dip in case numbers
COVID-19 coronavirus
Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 15:43:59-05

UPDATED 1/19/22 2:30 PM

On Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed in its daily COVID report that 1,636 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. DCHD Resource Specialist Phil Rooney believes this to be the fifth-highest case count in a single day.

The Health Department confirmed three new COVID-19 related death certificates were received during the past day. Two men between the ages of 45 and 55 have died as well as a woman in her 60s. None were vaccinated. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 967.

Douglas County 7-day rolling average
Douglas County seven day rolling average of positive COVID-19 cases on Jan 19, 2021

The Omaha Metropolitan Health Care Coalition — which encompasses Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge and Washington counties in Nebraska, plus hospitals in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley, Iowa — releases updated COVID-19 case counts and a hospital occupancy report to the Douglas County Health Department on a near-daily basis. The overall numbers include both COVID-19 patients and hospitalized patients for all other illnesses and injuries.

According to the most recent local hospital report received late Tuesday afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 86% occupancy with 207 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 89% rate with 33 staffed beds available.
  • There are 410 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
    • 110 COVID patients are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Fifty-two individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
  • Fourteen pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized. 
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 77% capacity with 31 beds available.
  • There are 20 additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report,
    • This includes nine adult and 11 potential pediatric cases.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 126,833. 

Additional Resources:

The United States government has launched, a new website where a family can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. According to the site, the tests will usually ship in 7-12 days.

“This is another way to help us fight the pandemic,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available Thursday at the following locations:

  • Central High School, 124 N. 20th St., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Northwest High Magnet School, 8204 Crown Point Ave., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available on Friday at:

  • Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All vaccines.

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