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Douglas County hits another one-day record for positive COVID-19 tests

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 14:53:54-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — UPDATE: 1:50 PM

On Friday the Douglas County Health Department confirmed that 1,866 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. That is a one-day record for positive COVID-19 cases, according to Resource Specialist Phil Rooney of the Douglas County Health Department.

The highest positive case count days include:

  • 1/14/22 – 1,866 new cases
  • 1/8/22 – 1,848 new cases
  • 1/13/22 –1,834 new cases
  • 1/5/22 – 1,547 new cases
  • 12/30/21 – 1,188 new cases
  • 1/7/22 – 1,152 new cases
  • 1/4/22 – 1,038 new cases
  • 11/18/20 – 937 new cases

The Health Department also confirmed two new COVID-19-related death certificates during the past dayA vaccinated man in his 70s died and an unvaccinated woman in her 30s died.

“These case numbers are threatening the stability of our health care system,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said. “The choices you make can and do make a difference.”

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 958.

SEE THURSDAY'S DAILY NUMBERS
Douglas County daily report: 1,834 new COVID cases, 18 pediatric patients in hospital

The Omaha Metropolitan Health Care 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.

According to the most recent local hospital report received Thursday:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 90% occupancy with 139 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at a 90% rate with 30 staffed beds available.
  • There are 403 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with
    • 98 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Seventeen pediatric patients are confirmed among the hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 83% capacity with 23 beds available.
  • There are nine additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report, including seven adults and two potential pediatric cases.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 121,003. 

Here are the next scheduled DCHD clinics:

Tuesday

  • Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St. Noon-4 p.m. All vaccines.

Wednesday

  • Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 5544 Ames Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Moderna and Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Burke High School, 12200 Burke St., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Bennington High School, 16610 Bennington Rd., Bennington, 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.

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