Iowa pares down data dashboard
Iowa pares down data dashboard

Iowa pares down data dashboard

(WOWT) – Below are today’s updates from data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and western Iowa.

Keep scrolling to find a vaccination clinic near you.

Iowa relocates data dashboard

Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ announcement last week, the Iowa Public Department of Health shut down its COVID-19 website, consolidating the data into a single page on the IDPH website.

The transfer removed hospitalization and hospital capacity numbers from the COVID-19 data collection, with the state noting in a release that it had ended the reporting requirement for hospitals as well as long-term care centers.

“IDPH began collecting COVID-related data from Iowa hospitals in March 2020 to satisfy state and federal data reporting requirements throughout the pandemic response. The state is no longer requiring this reporting to occur,” the release states.

Instead, IDPH referred interested parties to national websites for data provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and, similarly, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, specifically for data on long-term care centers. Iowans can also find vaccine providers via Vaccines.gov.

The state health department did add a new interactive chart illustrating data on variants confirmed each month in Iowa since March 2021.

The Iowa Department of Public Health added a chart tracking COVID-19 variant numbers reported each month.(Iowa Department of Public Health)

Pottawattamie County update

The following information is from data posted Wednesday on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

DEATHS: IDPH reported eight COVID-19 deaths in Pottawattamie County in the past week, bringing the death toll to 290 people. The website also indicates 119 Iowans have died in the past week. The state is also no longer breaking down whether those people had pre-existing conditions.

CASES: IDPH confirmed 214 cases of COVID-19 in Pottawattamie County in the last seven days, but it does show the local or state positivity rate.

The website also shows that the average per 100,000 people is 229.6 cases as of Tuesday.

Pottawattamie County has reported 23,883 COVID-19 cases to date, according to the IDPH website. In the cases reported in the past three months:

  • December: 18.5% of all confirmed cases were omicron variant cases, while 81.2% were delta variant cases
  • January: 94.2% were omicron variant cases; 5.8% were delta variants
  • February (to date): 99.2% have been omicron variant cases; 0.8% have been delta variant cases

HOSPITALIZATIONS: The state no longer reports COVID-19 hospitalization data.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: The state no longer reports this data, instead referring interested parties to national data.

VACCINATIONS: The county was reporting a 54.7% vaccination rate among those ages 5 and older, according to IDPH data, compared to a 61.4% vaccination rate for the same age group in all of Iowa. That amounts to 51.3% of the county’s total population, compared to the 57.6% vaccination rate for the state.

Omaha mask mandate ends

The Douglas County Health Department announced Wednesday that the Omaha mask mandate has been lifted.

“New cases and hospital capacity have reached a satisfactory level as set out in the order,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in a Wednesday morning news release.

The mandate was put in place on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and technically expired at noon Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Douglas County update

DEATHS: The Douglas County Health Department reported two COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday; both people were unvaccinated.

“An unvaccinated man in his 50s has died, and an unvaccinated woman over 85 has died,” the DCHD release state.

The latest deaths bring the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,044 people.

CASES: DCHD also reported 106 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the local pandemic total to 141,136 cases. Tuesday’s report brings the seven-day average to 160 cases — the lowest since Nov. 5 — down from 188 cases on Tuesday and 209 cases on Monday.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY: Area hospital capacity fluctuates according to staffing levels.

As of Tuesday afternoon, local hospitals were 85% full, with 220 beds available, 10 more than reported a day earlier. ICUs were 87% full with 40 beds available, three more than the day prior. Pediatric ICUs were 90% full with 13 beds available, three two fewer than reported a day earlier.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: On Tuesday afternoon, there were 11 fewer COVID-19 patients than reported the day prior, for a total of 268 in local hospitals, according to DCHD’s Wednesday report. Of those patients, eight were in pediatric care. In local ICUs, there were still 51 adult patients, 25 of them on ventilators.

Additionally, three adult patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results, DCHD said Tuesday.

VACCINATIONS: To date, 66.1% of all Douglas County residents are vaccinated. The most recent group authorized for vaccination, youth ages 5-11, is 31.2% vaccinated; 65.7% of county youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated.

“Getting vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines remains your best option to avoid serious illness and death,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in Wednesday’s release.

If you’re 18 years and older, you can choose which COVID-19 booster you get. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19)…

Posted by CDC on Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area currently participating in the program include:

  • Medicine Man Pharmacy, 15615 Pacific St. Suite 8, Omaha NE 668118
  • ViaRx, 825 N. 90th St., Omaha NE 68114
  • Walmart, 3010 E. 23rd St., Fremont NE 68025

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Baker’s | CVS | Hy-Vee | Kohll’s | Kubat | Sam’s Club | Walmart

Douglas County

Below is a list of the Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for this week, including child vaccination clinics at area schools. All clinics are open to the public for any approved shot in the vaccination series as indicated below. Those planning to get a booster shot should bring their vaccination card.

WEDNESDAY
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5544 Ames Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+ & Moderna
  • 4-7 p.m. at Burke High School, located at 12200 Burke St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 4-7 p.m. at Bennington High School, located at 16610 Bennington Road – Pfizer for ages 5+
THURSDAY
  • 4-7 p.m. at Central High School, located at 124 N. 20th St. – Pfizer for ages 5+
  • 4-7 p.m. at Omaha Northwest High Magnet School, located at 8204 Crown Point Ave. – Pfizer for ages 5+
FRIDAY
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Douglas County Health Department, located at 1111 S. 41st. St. – All vaccines available

About Text Nebraska

The Douglas County Health Department is encouraging residents who test positive for COVID-19 to cooperate with Text Nebraska in order to help prevent further spread of the virus.

If you are age 19 or older, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and provided a cell number when registering for your test, you will likely receive a text message from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services phone number 1-844-774-7604 that prompts you to take a survey. Adding that number to your phone’s directory will assure that your phone or provider doesn’t mark it as a spam call.

“It is not spam and is safe to respond,” DCHD said in a Thursday news release, noting that the survey is completely digital and doesn’t require you to speak with anyone.

“Text Nebraska is the next step in contact tracing, and this is where you can help,” Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse said in the release. “Your response is needed as the number of cases makes it impossible for our staff to keep up with the demand.”

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In-home appointments

DCHD is helping those homebound to get vaccinated, scheduling in-home appointments for all three adult vaccination varieties, for any shot in the series.

To arrange this, call the DCHD information helpline at 402-444-3400.

OneWorld child vaccination clinics

OneWorld offers COVID-19 vaccinations at the following clinics:

OneWorld also offers children’s COVID-19 vaccinations at school health centers:

Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; or you can call 402-734-4110 to make an appointment.

Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is planning to offer dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics for about a month, starting by Thursday, Nov. 11 — or sooner, if they are supplied the doses before that.

  • 5-7 p.m. Thursdays at West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices
  • 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at West Village Pointe and Spring Valley offices

After Saturday, Dec. 11, pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations will be available by appointment at any Children’s Hospital location.

  • Tuesday and Thursday appointments available at the Mission Village location, 16909 Q St. Call 402-955-7575 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) for available times.
  • Thursday and Friday appointments available at the Dundee location, 4825 Dodge St. Call 402-955-7676 or 402-955-SHOT (7468) for available times.

Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at clinics in several retail pharmacies and health centers around the Omaha-metro.

NebMed will provide Pfizer vaccinations by appointment at:

For those looking for walk-in appointments, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will be available at these pharmacies:

  • Outpatient Pharmacy at Bellevue Health Center, located at 25th Street and Highway 370, will offer J&J vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Outpatient Pharmacy at Durham Outpatient Center, located at 45th and Emile streets, will offer J&J vaccinations from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends.

Around Omaha

SOUTH OMAHA: Testing and vaccinations are available at OneWorld, located at 4920 S. 30th St. Call 402-734-4110 to make an appointment for vaccinating anyone age 12 and older.

CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER: Call 402-451-3553 to schedule an appointment.

CHURCH CLINIC: Metropolitan Community Chuch of Omaha will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. No ID is required, but a parent or guardian must be present at the clinic with teens ages 12-18.

MCC FORT OMAHA: Vaccinations also will be distributed Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, located at 5300 N. 30th St. Appointments will be made through the county’s vaccination registry.

TOTAL WELLNESS: DCHD has been working with Total Wellness, located at 9320 H Court, to establish a vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

VETERANS: Any eligible veterans can obtain COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters at the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. weekdays. Appointments can also be scheduled online.

Sarpy/Cass health district

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department has scheduled vaccination clinics for all COVID-19 vaccine doses, including pediatric doses, at its offices, located at 701 Olson Drive in Papillion:

  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 1-6 p.m.

The health department offers the first and second doses of Pfizer and Modern vaccines, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single doses, and booster doses of all three vaccines.

To make an appointment, call 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873.

Pottawattamie County

The Pottawattamie County Public Health Department urges residents to take advantage of free drive-through COVID-19 testing at:

  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy on West Broadway
  • Nomi Health at 1751 Madison Ave.
  • Any Walgreens pharmacy location

Free take-home test kits are available at:

  • All Care Health Center, located at 902 S. Sixth St., in Council Bluffs
  • Pottawattamie County Public Health Department office, located at 600 S. Fourth St., Suite 100, in Council Bluffs

Walk-ins can receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the health department office at:

  • 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays

Vaccinations are also available from 8 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Affairs Building, located at 623 Sixth Ave. in Council Bluffs.

Three Rivers health district

Three Rivers Public Health Department is giving out boosters to those in certain risk categories who have had Pfizer vaccinations. It is also working with area businesses and schools to provide plan more COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Three regular pediatric vaccination clinics have been set up for children ages 5-11:

  • Wahoo: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at 1320 E. 31st St.
  • Fremont: 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-3:30 p.m. Fridays at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave.

The health department has the necessary forms posted on their website, for minors and adults, for those who would like to fill them out ahead of their visit.

3RPHD’s regular clinics will continue:

  • In Dodge County, the Three Rivers clinic at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont, is open for walk-ins from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
  • In Saunders County, the Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo, located at 1320 E. 31st St., is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Those who are home-bound or require special accommodations but need a COVID-19 test or vaccine can contact the health district at 402-704-2245 to make arrangements.

Off-line help

METHODIST HEALTH INFORMATION: The vaccine is available at most Methodist Physicians Clinic locations. Appointments for the vaccine are recommended and can be made by calling 402-354-CARE.

NEBRASKA VACCINE HOTLINE: Nebraskans can call 531-249-1873 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination process and to get assistance with signing up for a vaccination appointment.

DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE: Local COVID-19 information, in Spanish and English, is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except for holidays. Call 402-444-3400 for assistance.

IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Iowans who need help to find a vaccine appointment can call 211 for assistance or 1-800-244-7431. Older or home-bound Iowans can contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209. For multilingual assistance, call 1-877-558-2609.

NATIONAL HOTLINE: To check vaccine availability in your community, call the national COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-232-0233.

Resource links

Where to get a test: Douglas County

Vaccine sign-up: Douglas County | Sarpy/Cass | Three Rivers | Nebraska

Vaccinations at hospitals: Nebraska Medicine | Methodist Health System | Children’s Hospital

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Baker’s | Kohll’s | CVS | Kubat

Vaccine information: Douglas County | Douglas County clinics | Nebraska || Iowa | Pottawattamie County | Mills County | Fremont County

COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Sarpy County | Three Rivers Health District | Lancaster County | Bryan Health | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

School info: Omaha Public Schools | Millard Public Schools | Bellevue Public Schools | Westside Community Schools | Papillion-La Vista Community Schools | Gretna Public Schools | Elkhorn Public Schools | Council Bluffs Community Schools | Lincoln Public Schools | UNL | UNO | Midland University

COVID-19 risk dials: Lincoln-Lancaster County

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