Douglas County Health reports increase in new COVID-19 cases since Thursday, more pediatric hospitalizations

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Aug 01, 2022

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Monday reported 649 new positive COVID-19 tests were received since Thursday’s report when the new case count stood at 592.

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.

The Health Department received one new COVID-19-related death certificate since Thursday’s report. One unvaccinated woman over 80 has died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 1,143.

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 Sunday:

  • There were 151 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 including seven pediatric cases.
    • Seventeen adults were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Six people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 82% occupancy rate with 245 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 88% rate with 36 staffed beds available. 
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 92% of capacity with 10 beds available. 
  • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest.

The number of positive cases since March of 2020 now totals 163,457.

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