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Douglas County reports jump in cases, especially among children

U.K. variant linked to increased spread
Posted at 4:58 PM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 17:58:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) said COVID-19 cases were on the rise in March across the board but even more so in children.

The department said cases in March increased by 22% with 3,236 when compared to February’s total of 2,721 cases.

The increase included “42% increase among people under 19 years of age and a 158% increase among children 4 years old and younger, with much of that linked to an outbreak of the U.K. variant.”

The department said cases among "school-aged children and youth aged 5-17" saw a 36% increase.

Cases among young adults ages 20-34 also went up in March with a 31% increase.

In light of these figures, the DCHD is urging everyone over the age of 16 to visit to register for a COVID-19 vaccination.

The DCHD said, on Thursday, that 198 more positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county for a total of 68,195 to date.

The department did not receive any additional death certificates related to the virus so the total remains at 685.

Other data from the department:

  • DCHD reports 61,310 residents have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Over the past 14 days K-12 schools have reported 100 cases of COVID-19 including 82 students 18 staff.
  • There are 128 individuals in quarantine with 225 who are self-monitoring.
  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, medical and surgical beds were at 78% occupancy with 327 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 77% rate with 79 beds available.
  • There were 117 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 42 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
  • There are also three more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results).
  • Twelve individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators

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