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Douglas County Health Department reports spike in COVID cases

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Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 15:58:42-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 39 additional COVID-19 cases which is more than double the seven-day average of about 15 per day.

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With the additional cases, the community’s total since March of 2020 is 72,366.

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No new COVID-related deaths were reported so the total remains at 732.

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The DCHD also reported a milestone for its COVID hotline.

It said, “Recently, the Information Line received its 58,000th call. This milestone comes as calls are decreasing, but demonstrates this service remains vital. On a typical day, the staff will provide information on setting appointments, where the Pop-Up clinics are coming, how to get a replacement vaccination card, and provide guidance on how to respond to an exposure. Calls are regularly answered in English or Spanish. This service will continue for the foreseeable future.”

A pop-up clinic is scheduled this week at the San Andreas Lutheran Church located at 4440 South 25th Street on Thursday from 1-4 p.m.

Other information from the department:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon:
    • Medical and surgical beds were at 77% occupancy with 344 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 66% rate with 115 beds available.
    • There were 26 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with seven of them receiving adult ICU level care.
    • There were two additional persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).
    • Four individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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