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Douglas County Health Department reports over 700 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

COVID-19 coronavirus hospital nurse
Posted at 12:19 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-18 13:19:09-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 747 new positive COVID-19 tests had been received since Thursday’s report.

The number of positive cases since March of 2020 now totals 160,839. The case numbers reported do not include at-home tests. The county health department still encourages Douglas County residents to report their at-home test results because health officials do review them.

The health department hasn't received any new COVID-19-related death certificates since Thursday's report. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic remains at 1,140.

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 from the healthcare coalition by DCHD Sunday:

  • There were 119 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 including four pediatric cases.
    • Eleven adults were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Three people who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on a ventilator.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 84% occupancy rate with 220 staffed beds available.
  • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 83% rate with 50 staffed beds available.
  • Pediatric ICU beds were at 88% of capacity with 16 beds available.
  • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest waiting for test results.

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