Uptick in Omaha metro area COVID-19 cases; 240 new positive tests reported since Monday

The Monday report had 141 new positive cases
Posted at 11:52 AM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 12:52:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In its twice-weekly email, the Douglas County Health Department reported on Thursday that 240 new positive COVID-19 tests were received since the most recent report on Monday. The Health Department has not received any new confirmed COVID-19-related death certificates since Monday.

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 Mondays and Thursdays. 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:

  • There were 52 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 and two of them were pediatric cases.
    • Twelve were receiving ICU-level care. 
    • Three individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
  • Medical and surgical beds were at an 84% occupancy rate with 236 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 82% rate with 55 staffed beds available. 
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 86% of capacity with 19 beds available.
  • There were four additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) and all were adults.

The number of positive cases since March of 2020 now totals 150,694. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 1,112.

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