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ICU occupancy in Douglas Co. is up to 77%; five more Lancaster Co. residents have died

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 18:12:22-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) —
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Lancaster County

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that five more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 90. The individuals were a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s who were hospitalized, and a man and a woman in their 90s who were in long-term care facilities. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to their families and friends.

  • LLCHD reports 230 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 17,683.
  • Recoveries: up from 5,273 to 5,317
  • Weekly positivity rate:
    • November 22 through 28: 29.6 percent
    • November 29 through December 3: 37 percent
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 158 with 93 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 65 from other communities (seven on ventilators).

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is in the red position indicating a severe risk of the virus spreading.

Douglas County

On Thursday, December 3, Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 556 new cases of COVID-19 that were received over the past day ending at midnight. This makes 41,798 total cases in Douglas County since the outbreak began in March. In the last 14 days, K-12 schools in Douglas County have reported 327 cases of COVID-19 including 175 staff cases and 152 student cases. There are 230 individuals in quarantine and 416 people who are self-monitoring. Please note, some schools may still be out while others closed before Thanksgiving.

The Health Department received four new death certificates during the past day related to COVID-19. One woman and three men, all over 70 years of age. The number of deaths in the county connected to the pandemic increases to 347. DCHD has confirmed 21,020 county residents have recovered from the illness.

According to the most recent report received today, medical and surgical beds were at 79% occupancy with 321 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 77% rate with 78 beds available. There were 382 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 88 of them receiving adult ICU level care. There are also 17 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Forty-nine individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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