OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department received 780 new positive COVID-19 test results during the two days since our last report, according to an e-mail from spokesperson Phil Rooney.
Compared to 600 positive tests reported on Tuesday for a one-day period and the Friday one-day report that listed 683 new positive cases, 780 positive COVID tests over a two-day period indicates a dip in positive case numbers.
After emailing an image of the seven-day rolling average of positive COVID-19 tests, health department spokesman Phil Rooney said, "Things are headed in the right direction."
A downward trend can be viewed on the right side of the graph.
The Health Department confirmed one new COVID-19-related death certificate was received during the past day. An unvaccinated woman in her 40s has died. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1,009.
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 update received Wednesday afternoon, the health department reports:
- 412 individuals were hospitalized due to COVID-19 including 390 adults and 22 pediatric cases.
- Eighty-five of the adults were receiving ICU-level care.
- Medical and surgical beds were at 89% occupancy for all patients, with 161 staffed beds available.
- Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 86% rate with 42 staffed beds available for all patients.
- Pediatric ICU beds were at 81% capacity with 25 beds available.
- There were 11 additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results), with ten potential adult cases and one potential pediatric case.
- Forty-five individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The total number of positive cases since March of 2020 is now 138,965.