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Douglas County Health Department reports COVID-19 cases have decreased

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Jan 05, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that 129 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Department since our last report on Tuesday. There are a total of 178,448 cases of COVID-19 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 involving a man and a woman over the age of 75 have died. All of them were vaccinated but their current vaccination status is unknown. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1,254.

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 150 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, including five pediatric cases.
    • Fifteen patients were receiving ICU-level care.
    • One suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient was on a ventilator.
    • There were six COVID-19 persons of interest, generally awaiting test results, and all of them were adults.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at a 86% rate with 239 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 94% rate with 15 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 77% of capacity with nine beds available.

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