Douglas County Health Department reports four COVID-19-related deaths; one infant death

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-16 12:28:49-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that 199 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the department since our last report on Monday. There are a total of 180,327 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 four additional COVID-19-related deaths since Monday. An unvaccinated woman in her 60s and two women who had been vaccinated have died. A male infant also has died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1,282.

Note: There were other contributing factors in the infant's death.

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 95 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, including one pediatric case.
    • Eleven patients were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Two suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients were on a ventilator.
    • There were three COVID-19 persons of interest, generally awaiting test results, and all were adults.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 85% rate with 259 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 92% rate with 21 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 80% of capacity with nine beds available.

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