OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed that 1,834 new positive COVID-19 tests have been received since midnight the previous day. That is the second-highest daily test count since the start of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the county reported 1,266 new positive COVID-19 tests.
The highest positive case count days include:
- 1/8/22 – 1,848 new cases
- 1/13/22 –1,834 new cases
- 1/5/22 – 1,547 new cases
- 12/30/21 – 1,188 new cases
- 1/7/22 – 1,152 new cases
- 1/4/22 – 1,038 new cases
- 11/18/2020 – 937 new cases
The health department confirmed two new COVID-19-related death certificates during the past day. Two men in their 70s died. One of the men was vaccinated while the other was not.
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 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.
According to the most recent local hospital report received Wednesday:
- Medical and surgical beds were at 89% occupancy with 151 staffed beds available.
- Adult ICU beds were occupied at a 90% rate with 31 staffed beds available.
- There were 399 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 100 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
- Fifty-one individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.
- Eighteen pediatric patients were confirmed among the hospitalized.
- Pediatric ICU beds were at 83% capacity with 23 beds available.
- There were ten additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results) to report, including eight adults and two potential pediatric cases.
On Monday the Nebraska Hospital Association discussed its overwhelmed hospital system in a press conference.
The total number of positive cases reported since March of 2020 is 118,440. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 956.