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Douglas County Health Department reports 10 new COVID-19 related deaths; Neb. back in orange phase

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 17:57:11-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — NEBRASKA

Douglas County Health Department

The Douglas County Health Department reported 402 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday for a total of 44,638 cases.

Ten additional deaths were also announced related to the pandemic involving eight men ranging in age from their 60s to 80s and two women over the age of 80.

The total number of deaths connected to the pandemic is 377.

A total of 21,937 residents have recovered from COVID-19.

According to the health department's most recent report received Tuesday, medical and surgical beds were at 82 percent occupancy with 279 beds available. Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 75 percent occupancy rate with 83 beds available.

There were 374 people hospitalized who were diagnosed with COVID-19 with 98 of them receiving adult ICU level care.

There are 38 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).

Forty-eight people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The health department also said the following about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C):

In June, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) received the first local reports of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a condition that has increasingly been acquired by young people, mostly under 20 years of age, who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. In recent weeks, as the pandemic has surged, the number of MIS-C cases has grown to eight in Douglas County, four of them in the last month. The syndrome has symptoms comparable to Kawasaki disease, which may include a rash, fever, fatigue and abdominal pain. While it can lead to multiple organ inflammation and it can be deadly, most children recover with treatment.

LANCASTER COUNTY

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that five more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 103. Four individuals were in a long-term care facilities – two women in their 90s, a woman in her 80s, and a man in his 70s. One woman in her 70s had been hospitalized. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.

LLCHD reports 203 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 19,203.

Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: up from 5,492 to 5,536

Weekly positivity rate:

  • November 29 through December 5: 33.9 percent
  • December 6 through 8: 28.4 percent

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