“Even an individual that thinks that they are healthy, breathing in this air they can get irritated lungs, scratchy eyes, and maybe even some health effects they didn’t even know existed,” said Russell Hadan, Douglas County Health Dept. Air Quality Supervisor.
Mayor Jean Stothert announced Tuesday that the city has signed a $93 million Memorandum of Understanding to support Project NExT expansion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center over the next decade.
The thread of COVID-19 in the past year has had much wider health implications. Many surgeries were postponed to limit the risk of exposure, and many patients didn’t feel comfortable going to the doctor.
Omaha Police answer hundreds of calls each year for someone dealing with mental health issues. For about a year now, those calls are answered with a mental health professional and a trained Omaha Police officer.
An Omaha woman started a petition last week asking Governor Pete Ricketts to put people with high-risk medical conditions back into phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan. As of Tuesday morning, Mura O’Neille Rohe’s petition already had close to 1,500 signatures.
This week, Douglas County moves into a new phase of vaccinations. First up, people 80 and older and those with underlying health conditions. Even as more people get the vaccine, health leaders in the community say masks and social distancing will continue to be necessary for a while.
On Jan. 25 the health department expects to receive 6,650 doses of the vaccine from the state. Dr. Pour says by the end of January or the beginning of February, they’ll be finished with phase 1A and will be able to start vaccinating people in tier 1 of phase 1B.
Low-income residents who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska will have to work, volunteer, take classes, or get job training if they want access to certain health-care services starting in 2022.
Crista Eggers is a fierce advocate for medical cannabis. This week she’s celebrating the measure making it onto the November ballot in Nebraska after enough signatures were validated in the state. She says it’s been a goal and a dream she and many others have worked so long for.
In some metro school districts, students will be back in the classroom for traditional instruction. But the school environment will be anything but traditional with mask requirements and social distancing guidelines enforced. Dr. Sharon Stoolman, a pediatric hospitalist in Omaha, says students and their families should be preparing and practicing right now to make their transition into the new year as smooth as possible.
Iowa school officials have released guidelines that allow schools to reopen to normal activities as of July 1 without health checks before entering the building, no required face coverings, and no required social distancing.
Dr. Brian Boer has been treating a number of COVID-19 patients at Nebraska Medicine during the pandemic. On Wednesday afternoon, 6 News welcomed Dr. Boer for an interactive conversation with our viewers about COVID-19.