Friday May 14 COVID-19 update: Hy-Vee, Nebraska Furniture Mart keeping mask requirement for now
(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 cases update
Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported two additional COVID-19 deaths: a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s, neither of whom had been vaccinated. The local COVID-19 death toll is now 710.
DCHD also reported 29 new cases of COVID-19, and a total of 71,474 since the start of the pandemic. To date, the county has confirmed 64,750 have recovered from COVID-19.
The rolling seven-day average is 52 — the lowest so far this year.
DCHD also reported that local hospitals were at 80% occupancy, with 301 beds available; ICUs are 67% occupied, with 112 beds available. Among those, 67 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 23 of them ICUs, and 10 on ventilators. The health department is also monitoring four others for signs of COVID-19.
Hy-Vee, NFM maintaining mask requirements — for now
A spokeswoman for the Hy-Vee grocery chain told 6 News on Friday that the company was evaluating its protocols in light of Thursday’s updated mask guidance from the CDC.
“We are maintaining status quo for now as we make additional decisions,” the spokeswoman said.
A Nebraska Furniture Mart spokesman said Friday that they also had not yet updated their mask policy.
Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart update mask policies
A Costco spokeswoman told 6 News on Friday that, according to corporate policy, stores located in cities or states with mask mandates or ordinances would continue to require guests, including children ages 2 and older, at those locations to wear masks.
“If a member or guest has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield,” according to a corporate policy passed along by the spokeswoman.
Those stores located in places without mask laws will not require them — except in healthcare settings, such as pharmacies and optical centers — nor will they ask for proof of vaccination, the policy states.
“Costco continues to recommend that all members and guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield,” the policy states.
Trader Joe’s and Walmart have stated that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in their stores.
Nebraska Corrections relaxes visitor restrictions
The Nebraska Department of Corrections on Friday said it was preparing to allow visitors back into the facility.
Starting next Friday, May 21, NDCS will allow up to three visitors at a time, including children. Volunteers will also be able to resume inmate programs and worship services, according to a news release.
“Visitors will still need to pre-register on the NDCS website for a day and time slot, based on the facility they wish to visit, and there are still restrictions in place in terms of maintaining social distancing, limiting physical contact and not sharing food or drinks,” Director Scott Frakes said in the release.
Lincoln-Lancaster County cases update
Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department on Friday reported one additional COVID-19 death, a woman in her 80s that was hospitalized. The local COVID-19 death toll is now 235.
LLHD also reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 31,241 since the start of the pandemic. To date, the county has confirmed 28,612 have recovered from COVID-19.
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
- Think Aksarben Pharmacy LLC, 710 W. Center Road, Omaha NE 68106
- ViaRx, 825 N. 90th St., Omaha NE 68114
- Walmart, 3010 E. 23rd St., Fremont NE 68025
- CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.
- Methodist Health System, 720 N. 114th St.
- Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue.
- Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St.
- Douglas County Health Department vaccination site – South Omaha, 3505 L St. (former Hy-Vee location). The site replaces the clinic formerly available at the Kroc Center. This location has been designated as a site for youth vaccinations. (Minors who wish to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian in order to obtain the shot.)
North Omaha churches
- Saturday, May 15: Get vaccinated at Morning Star Baptist, located at 2019 Burdette St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 18: Get vaccinated at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6340 N. 30th St., from 4-7 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 19: Get vaccinated at the drive-through clinic at Salem Baptist Church, at 3131 Lake St., from 4-7 p,m.
- Thursday, May 20: Get vaccinated at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, located at 5555 Larimore Ave., from 4-7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 22: Get vaccinated at New Life Presbyterian Church, at 4060 Pratt St., from 11-3 p.m.
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.
DRIVE-THROUGH YOUTH CLINIC: Children’s Hospital is opening a drive-through clinic to get youth ages 12-16 their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those wanting to schedule a vaccination there should call their Children’s Physicians pediatrician; or call 402-955-SHOT. Appointments will be available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
STOCKYARDS PLAZA WALK-IN CLINIC: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to walk-ins — no appointment needed — from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the clinic in the Stockyards Plaza, located at 35th and L streets. Other clinics may also take walk-ins during the week as they’re able.
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 go to the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the new Ambulatory Care Center.
Three Rivers health district
- In Dodge County, the Three Rivers Fremont location will be open for walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
- In Saunders County, the Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.
- In Washington County, the clinic at First Lutheran Church in Blair is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
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.
DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE: Local COVID-19 information, in Spanish and English, is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except holidays. Call 402-444-3400 for assistance.
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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