Holding steady at high rate: Wednesday's daily COVID-19 update from the Douglas County Health Dept.

ICU occupancies, cases high
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Posted at 12:25 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 14:06:20-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed 340 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. The Health Department received two new death certificates during the past day. This includes a man and a woman over 75, both of whom were vaccinated. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Douglas County during the pandemic has grown to 886.

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 hospital capacity report to the Douglas County Health Department on a near-daily basis.

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

  • Medical and surgical beds were at 91% occupancy with 125 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at a 91% rate with 26 staffed beds available.
  • There were 336 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • 102 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Six pediatric patients were confirmed among those hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 88% capacity with 15 beds available.
  • There were seven additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report, six of them were adults.
  • Thirty-nine individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 97,942.

Most Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) offices will be closed until noon on Friday for an in-service day. DCHD will still provide several opportunities for individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming days.

Here are some upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics:

Thursday: St. Pius X/St Leo Catholic School, 6905 Blondo St., 4-7 p.m., Pfizer 5-plus.

Friday: Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All vaccines will be offered. Due to the in-service day appointments will be required. Please go to to schedule your appointment.

Saturday: Girls Inc., 2811 N. 45th St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All vaccines will be offered.

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