OMAHA — On Wednesday, November 25, the Douglas County Board of Health reported 423 new cases of COVID-19 that were received as of midnight the past day. The total number of cases in Douglas County now is 36,879 since the pandemic began in March.
In the last 14 days, K-12 schools in Douglas County have report 159 staff ad 190 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 304 individuals who are quarantined with 1,706 self-monitoring.
During the past day, DCHD has received four new death certificates related to the pandemic. Four men from ranging in age from 70 to 80 have passed as has one woman in her 60s. The total number of deaths in the county connected to the pandemic now is 314. The Health Department can confirm that 19,400 county residents have recovered from COVID-19.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 260 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 15,321. The number of deaths in the community remains at 73.
Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:
Recoveries: up from 5,032 to 5,060
Weekly positivity rate:
- November 15 through 21: 27.4 percent
- November 22 through 25: 25.8 percent
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients: 157 with 79 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 78 from other communities (nine on ventilators).
The COVID-19 Risk Dial is in the red position. The red dial position indicates a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
- Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
- Work from home if possible.
- Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
- Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
- Avoid gatherings.
- Only visit businesses and participate in activities where public health guidelines are observed. The guidelines include mask wearing, physical distancing and capacity limits.
- Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov.
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
Today, 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 (4), Omaha Correctional Center (2), and the Nebraska State Penitentiary (1). All of the 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 318. Two hundred and twenty-eight of those individuals have recovered from COVID-19.