Monday Feb. 22 COVID-19 update: Nebraska expects to be caught up on vaccine delivery Monday
(WOWT) - Below are today’s vaccination updates as well as data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and Iowa.
Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.
Douglas County update
The Douglas County Health Department has reported 199 new cases since their last report on Friday. This brings the total number of cases to 63,423 in the county since the start of the pandemic.
The health department also confirmed two new deaths. A man and a woman over 80 have passed away. This brings the total number of deaths to 652.
There have been 53, 954 reported recoveries.
Ricketts: Nebraska vaccine shipments caught up by Monday
Gov. Pete Ricketts said during his COVID-19 update that the state was expecting a shipment of vaccine doses Monday that was delayed last week because of the weather, and that Nebraska should then be caught up with their vaccine shipments to date. He said Douglas and Lancaster counties got “most if not all” of their vaccine shipments last week.
Ricketts said there is a reporting lag in the federal pharmacy program’s vaccine distribution data as it isn’t coming from the state. The governor said some national providers assisting with the long-term care state did experience some lag, and that he thought it would be more efficient to give all the vaccinations to the state for distribution to those programs as well.
“The state is going to be more efficient, and it’s proven by the numbers that we can show you on the state’s dashboard that the state will do a better job of getting those vaccines out in quicker order,” Ricketts said, noting that he’s mentioned this on calls with the White House.
The governor said the state’s low ranking, 44th nationally as of Sunday, on distributing its national allocation of vaccine doses was due to issues with data reporting. He also said the state is not planning to use any second-dose allocations for first doses, or vice-versa. The state ranks higher on the New York Times vaccine tracker, he said, but “we want to do better than that.”
Ricketts also commented on the vaccination clinic held at Creighton University on Saturday, run completely by volunteers. He said nearly 4,800 were vaccinated that day. The governor said he would be at a Hy-Vee location in Lincoln to show appreciation to grocery workers and their “innovation” during the pandemic.
Nebraska lab conducts detailed tests to track coronavirus
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officials are watching for variants of the coronavirus by sequencing the entire genome of samples of the virus.
Peter Iwen, the director of Nebraska’s Public Health Laboratory, said the detailed tests performed each week help scientists identify mutations of the virus and track how they affect the spread of COVID-19 in the state. So far, the lab hasn’t identified either of the main variants of the virus that were first identified in the United Kingdom and in South Africa in the state.
But the researchers have found two other mutations that may affect the virus’ ability to cause infections and severe symptoms.
48 new cases, no new deaths in Lincoln-Lancaster County
The health department reported 48 more cases, bringing the community total to 27,892. The total number of deaths remains at 217.
Until further notice, Douglas County clinics will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents at the following times and locations:
- TUE/WED – Christ Community Church, located at 404 S. 108th St., clinics will provide vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- WED/FRI – CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- THU/SUN – Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
- SAT – Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St., vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held Fridays, Feb. 12, 19, and 26 at the Mid-America Center.
County residents ages 65 and older are asked to sign up via the Pottawattamie County vaccination website. Anyone needing assistance can also call the Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 to sign up for an appointment over the phone.
NEBRASKA VACCINE HOTLINE: Gov. Pete Ricketts has asked Nebraskans to call 402-552-6645 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information on the Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination process. DO NOT call your local health department.
TEST NEBRASKA HOTLINE: To get answers about Test Nebraska tests, results, communications, etc., call 402-207-9377.
IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Older or home-bound Iowans looking for help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment can call 1-866-468-7887 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; or contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209.
REFERENCE NOTE -- 6 News pulls data from Nebraska and Iowa COVID-19 dashboards at 6 p.m. daily. Other reports in this post come from official news releases from area health departments and other authorities as stated.
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