ICU capacity improves slightly for pediatric patients

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – In the latest figures released by the Douglas County Health Department, 734 new positive cases were reported in COVID-19 testing in the two days since the last report on Wednesday. The death certificate of an unvaccinated woman in her 50s has been received by the health department since the last report on Wednesday.

According to the most recent report from the local hospital received Friday afternoon, the medical and surgical beds were 79% occupied and 297 staffed beds were available. Adult ICU beds were occupied at a rate of 86% with 40 staffed beds available. Nine pediatric patients were confirmed among those hospitalized. The IC beds for children had a capacity of 87% and 17 beds were available. This is a slight improvement from earlier this week. On Tuesday, the children’s IC beds had a capacity of 91% with only 12 beds available. That same day, the department reported 334 more COVID cases, which it said was the highest single-day number since January.

There is also a small improvement in the capacity of medical and surgical beds, which were at 86% capacity on Tuesday. However, the capacity of adult IC beds is slightly lower than Tuesday. It’s dropped to 40 from 48.

As of Saturday, 253 people had been hospitalized with a diagnosis of COVID-19, 93 of whom were receiving adult ICU care.
There was one additional COVID-19 person of interest (usually awaiting test results) to report, and that person was an adult. Forty-six individuals confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 were on a ventilator.

The total number of positive cases reported since March 2020 is 92,892. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic has risen to 854.

Vaccine clinics are set up at the times and locations below:

Beveridge Magnet Middle School, 1616 S. 120th St., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-Plus.
McMillan Magnet Middle School, 3802 Redick Ave., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-Plus.

Douglas County Health Department, 1111 S. 41st St., 12pm-4pm, All Vaccines.
Marrs Magnet Middle School, 5619 S. 19th St., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-Plus.
Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, 6143 Whitmore St., 4-7 p.m. Pfizer 5-Plus.

If you are planning to get a booster vaccination, bring your vaccination card with you and check ahead of time to see if the clinic offers your preferred vaccine brand.

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