Douglas County reports more than 250 new coronavirus cases; overall cases declining

Six new deaths also announced
Adi Pour
Posted at 3:07 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 23:24:23-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department reported 253 new coronavirus cases on Monday along with six new deaths related to the pandemic.

The county has now had 51,556 cases and 466 deaths during the pandemic. The most recent deaths involved four men ranging in age from their 50s to 80s and two women over 75.

The county says 30,859 residents have recovered from coronavirus.

As of Monday, medical and surgical beds in the county were at 76% occupancy with 363 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 74% rate with 87 beds available.

There were 294 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 81 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 34 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).

Forty-one individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.


Director Scott R. Frakes announced that seven staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff members are employed at the following locations: Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (5), Nebraska State Penitentiary (1) and the Staff Training Academy (1). All staff members are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in those locations as to the positive cases. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff members will be directed to self-quarantine until cleared by a medical provider.

This brings the total number of NDCS staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 to 461. Three hundred and seventy-five of those individuals have recovered from COVID-19.

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