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Douglas Co. Health Dept. weekend report shows uptick in COVID cases; more than previous weekend

Need for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots still unclear, officials say
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Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 15:40:47-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 199 additional COVID-19 cases since its last report on Friday. A week ago, the department reported 137 cases.

READ MORE: Douglas County: 137 additional COVID-19 cases since Friday, more vaccine clinics scheduled

With the newly-reported cases, the county’s total is now at 73,705 since the pandemic began in March of 2020. No additional death certificates were received so the total remains at 737.

The report comes after a week of increasing numbers throughout last week.

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Booster shots needed?

The Douglas County Health Department said there’s a growing number of questions from the public about the need for a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

At this point, it’s too soon to say.

“The answer at this point is, no one is quite sure,” the Douglas County Health Department said in a release. “Once the appropriate agencies review the data, that information will be shared with the public."

The health department encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Find a list of upcoming clinics below.

Other data from the department:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Monday) afternoon:
    • Medical and surgical beds were at 74% occupancy with 386 beds available and adult ICU beds were occupied at a 66% rate with 114 beds available.
    • There were 77 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 31 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
    • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).
    • Seventeen individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

  • Upcoming vaccination clinics:
    • Tuesday, August 3; Millard North High School, 1010 S. 144th Street, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Central High School,124 N. 20 th Street, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Burke High School, 12200 Burke Street, noon-8 p.m.; Northwest High Magnet School, 8204 Crown Point Avenue.
    • DCHD will be at three National Night Out events: Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 5544 Ames Avenue, 6-8 p.m.; Metropolitan Community Church, 819 S. 22nd Street, 5-8 p.m., Highland South-Indian Hills Neighborhood Association at Upland Park, 3104 Jefferson Street, 6-8 p.m.

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