Douglas County Health Department gives pandemic update

Posted at 10:10 AM, Dec 21, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Lindsay Huse provided an in-depth COVID-19 update at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

“The data is clear that the vaccines are safe and effective,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in a statement. “The vaccine also is free. Please make plans to visit one of our clinics in the coming days if you are not already vaccinated.”

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In addition to the in-depth update was the daily release of COVID and overall hospitalization figures.

On Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed 378 new positive COVID-19 tests were received since midnight the previous day. The Health Department received no new death certificates during this period. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 890.

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 Monday afternoon: 

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 85% occupancy with 219 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at a 93% rate with 22 staffed beds available.
  • There are 284 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
    • 86 are receiving adult ICU-level care.
  • Seven pediatric patients are confirmed among those hospitalized.
  • Pediatric ICU beds are at 88% capacity with 15 beds available.
  • There are seven additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report,
    • All seven potential cases are adults.
  • Forty-one individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 99,353.

Vaccine clinics this week


  • Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., noon-4 p.m. All vaccines.
  • R. M. Marrs Magnet Middle School, 5619 S. 19th St., 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, 6143 Whitmore St., 5-7p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.


  • Heart Ministry Center, 2222 Binney St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Bryan Middle School, 8210 S. 42nd St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.
  • Benson High Magnet School, 5120 Maple St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pfizer 5-plus.

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