Douglas County Health Department reports 2 COVID-19 related deaths

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-02 17:18:11-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that 251 new cases of COVID-19 were received by the department since the last report on Monday. There are a total of 181,189 COVID-19 cases reported in the county since March of 2020.

The case numbers reported do not include at-home tests. The county health department still encourages Douglas County residents to report their at-home test results because health officials do review them.

DCHD received confirmation of two additional COVID-19-related deaths since Monday. An unvaccinated man over 70 and a man over 80 who had been vaccinated have died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 1,292.

The health department told 3 News Now that it considers being vaccinated for COVID-19 as having the first two shots and that individuals who are listed as vaccinated may or may not have had boosters.

The Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare 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 Mondays and Thursdays. The overall numbers include both COVID-19 patients and hospitalized patients for all other illnesses and injuries unless otherwise noted.

According to the most recent local hospital coalition update received by DCHD on Wednesday:

  • There were 93 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and four of them were pediatric patients.
    • Three patients were receiving ICU-level care.
    • One person hospitalized with COVID-19 was on a ventilator.
    • There were three suspected COVID-19 patients, waiting for test results.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 85% rate with 270 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 84% rate with 45 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 83% of capacity with eight beds available.

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