The Perfect Enemy | COVID-19 cases decline in Omaha metro; three new deaths reported - KMTV 3 News Now Omaha
February 16, 2024

COVID-19 cases decline in Omaha metro; three new deaths reported – KMTV 3 News Now Omaha

COVID-19 cases decline in Omaha metro; three new deaths reported  KMTV 3 News Now Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department on Thursday confirmed that 113 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the department since our last report on Monday. There are a total of 179, 628 cases of COVID-19 reported in the county since March of 2020.

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.

DCHD received confirmation of three additional COVID-19-related deaths since Monday. A man and two woman, all over 75 years of age, have died and all had been vaccinated. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic now is 1, 274.

The health department told 3 News Now that it considers being vaccinated for COVID-19 as having the first two shots and that individuals who are listed as vaccinated may or may not have had boosters.

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 coalition update received by DCHD on Wednesday:

  • There were 93 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, including four pediatric cases.
    • Ten patients were receiving ICU-level care.
    • Six suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients were on a ventilator.
    • There were six COVID-19 persons of interest, generally awaiting test results, and all were adults.
  • Medical and surgical beds were occupied at an 87% rate with 231 staffed beds available.
    • Adult ICU beds were occupied at an 77% rate with 65 staffed beds available.
    • Pediatric ICU beds were at 80% of capacity with nine beds available.

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