Only 57 new reported COVID-19 cases in Omaha metro Thursday

COVID-19 hospitalizations
Posted at 12:38 PM, Feb 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-24 13:38:58-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department reported 57 new positive COVID-19 tests had been received since midnight the previous day. During the same period, the DCHD received two COVID-19-related death certificates, one for a vaccinated man in his 60s and for a vaccinated woman in her 80s. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic is now 1,062.

The Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare 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 a hospital occupancy report to the Douglas County Health Department on a near-daily basis. The overall numbers include both COVID-19 patients and hospitalized patients for all other illnesses and injuries unless otherwise noted.

According to the most recent local hospital update received by DCHD late Wednesday:

  • Medical and surgical beds are at 89% occupancy with 154 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds are occupied at an 86% rate with 42 staffed beds available. 
  • Pediatric ICU beds are occupied at 87% capacity with 17 beds available.
  • There are 248 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19,
    • Including 241 adults and seven pediatric cases.
  • Thirty-four adults are receiving ICU-level care.
  • There are two additional adult COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).
  • Thirteen individuals who are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 are on ventilators.

The number of positive cases since March of 2020 now totals 141,515.

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