Douglas County reports 162 more COVID cases, no new deaths

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Oct 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-19 14:23:47-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to a release from the Douglas County Health Department, 162 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the county.

With the new cases, the community’s total is now up to 85,892 since the pandemic began in March of 2022.

No new death certificates were reported so the total remains at 821.

Other data from the department:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Monday) afternoon:

    • Medical and surgical beds were at 79% occupancy with 283 staffed beds available and adult ICU beds were occupied at an 89% rate with 33 staffed beds available. 
    • There were 188 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 66 of them receiving adult ICU level care. Four pediatric patients were confirmed among those hospitalized. 
    • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results), and both of them were adults. 
    • Twenty-five individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

As hospitalizations continue to go up, the department said now is the time to get vaccinated.

It said, "In a word, “Hospitals.” The capacity of local hospitals has been stressed for many reasons, and one is the number of COVID-19 cases that are added to the existing patient population. In recent weeks most days have seen roughly 190 people hospitalized locally with COVID-19. Given that the vaccines are more than 90% effective at keeping people out of the hospital, many of those hospitalizations could have been prevented, freeing up more beds."

“Please get vaccinated and help open hospital beds for people suffering from ailments for which we don’t have a vaccine,” said Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse. “A large number of COVID hospitalizations could be reduced, and that would help address any staffing shortages as well.”

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