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Douglas County reports 12 more COVID-19 deaths; Dr. Pour reminds residents about testing options

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:22:55-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Dec. 18, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 512 new cases of COVID-19 that were received over the past day ending at midnight. The total number of cases in the county since the start of the pandemic in March is 48,692.

The Health Department received 12 more death certificates related to the pandemic during the past day. We have lost six women ranging in age from their 70s and 80s, and six men ranging from their 50s to 89. The number of deaths in the county connected to the pandemic now totals 435. DCHD reported that 25,488 Douglas County residents have recovered from the disease.

In a statement, Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour reminded residents to get tested for coronavirus if they have symptoms or a test was recommended by a healthcare provider.

If you or someone you know needs a COVID-19 test, Test Nebraska can help at one of dozens of test sites across the state. Douglas County residents have three conveniently placed drive-thru sites to choose from:

  • Oakview Mall, Monday-Saturday: 8a.m.-6p.m.
  • Metro Community College South Campus, Monday-Saturday: 1-6p.m.
  • Metro Community College Fort Campus, Tuesday-Sunday: 11a.m-7p.m.

The first step in getting tested at these sites is to visit the Test Nebraska website at TestNebraska.com. Testing also is available by calling one of the federally qualified health centers, OneWorld Community Health - (402) 734-4110; and the Charles Drew Health Center, (402) 451-3553.

In Lincoln, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reported two more deaths for a total 135 to date.

In addition, LLCHD reported the following:

  • The deaths included a woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility and a man in his 40s who was hospitalized. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.
  • LLCHD reports 149 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 20,741
  • Recoveries: up from 6,082 to 6,108
  • Weekly positivity rate:
    • December 6 through December 12: 27.1 percent
    • December 13 through 18: 27.4 percent
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 86 with 49 from Lancaster County (three on ventilators) and 37 from other communities (eight on ventilators)