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Douglas County weekend COVID-19 case report takes a dip after trending up for weeks

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 30, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 378 more positive COVID-19 cases since its report on Friday. This is the first time a weekend report has seen a dip going back at least six weeks.

With the new case, the total confirmed in the community since the pandemic began in March of 2020 is now up to 77,846.

A look at weekend report totals:

  • Monday, July 19 - 84 cases
  • Monday, July 26 - 137 cases
  • Monday, Aug. 2 - 199 cases
  • Monday, Aug. 9 - 248 cases
  • Monday, Aug. 16 - 303 cases
  • Monday, Aug. 23 - 418 cases
  • Monday, Aug. 30 - 378 cases

No new deaths were reported so the total remains at 747.

Other data reported by the department:

  • According to the most recent local hospital report received yesterday (Sunday) afternoon:
    • Medical and surgical beds were at 78% occupancy with 319 beds available and adult ICU beds were occupied at a 72% rate with 87 beds available.
    • There were 161 individuals hospitalized who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 47 of them receiving adult ICU level care.
    • Three pediatric patients were confirmed among the hospitalized individuals.
    • There were two additional COVID-19 persons of interest (generally waiting for test results), and one of them was a potential pediatric case.
    • Twenty-six individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The department also provided the following:

There is some confusion around the idea of people receiving a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or a booster shot and who qualifies. The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) would like to clarify this matter.

Individuals who are immunocompromised are approved for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines because they were not able to build the same level of immunity as most of the public with the mRNA vaccines. They are eligible for the third shot 28 days after the second dose of their original series. The possible need of a second dose for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains under study.

A person can be considered immunocompromised for a range of conditions. Some examples are people who have or had cancer, an organ or stem cell transplant, advanced or untreated HIV infection, who are getting active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress the immune system. You should contact your provider if you are unsure of your status.

The final recommendation on booster shots for individuals who are not immunocompromised has not been made. That information is expected in September.

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