OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department announced in its daily COVID-19 report that 1,197 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. On Wednesday, the daily case was 779.
Three additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported involving an unvaccinated man in his 40s and a vaccinated man and woman between 85 and 95. The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Douglas County is now 988.
Health Department spokesman, Phil Rooney says the rolling seven-day average of positive cases is trending downward and the department hopes that trend continues.
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 a near-daily basis. 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 report received late Wednesday afternoon:
- The Douglas County Health Department reports that 422 individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19,
- 91 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
- Medical and surgical beds are at 88% occupancy with 173 staffed beds available for all patients.
- Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 86% rate with 41 staffed beds available for all patients.
- Twenty-one pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized.
- Pediatric ICU beds are at 80% capacity with 27 beds available.
- There are 21 additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results),
- This includes 14 potential adult cases and seven potential pediatric cases.
- Forty-six individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported since March of 2020 is 135,571.