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Douglas County Health Department reports 355 new positive COVID-19 cases; totals much higher than last year

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 17:46:26-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported that 355 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since the last report on Tuesday. During this time, DCHD has not received any new COVID-19-related death certificates. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 1,134.

Phil Rooney, spokesman for the health department added that "the last time we had 100 people hospitalized with COVID was March 18. Today's new case total includes 193 reported yesterday by midnight. Last year on this date that number was 12."

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 update received by DCHD on Wednesday:

  • Medical and surgical beds are occupied at an 87% occupancy rate with 183 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 86% rate with 42 staffed beds available.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 88% of capacity with 16 beds available.
  • There are 100 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 with four pediatric cases.
    • Ten adults are receiving ICU-level care.
      Two people who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • There was one additional COVID-19 person of interest (generally waiting for test results).

The number of positive cases since March of 2020 now totals 156,313.

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