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Over 30 Percent Of Douglas Co. Residents Fully Vaccinated

Apr 16, 2021

(Douglas County, NE)  --  The COVID-19 vaccine is starting to reach an increasingly large part of the Douglas County Community.  As of this morning, over 31-percent of county residents are fully vaccinated.  That's nearly ten percent more than the national average of 22-percent.  And 81-percent of residents age 65 years older have been fully vaccinated.

The Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Community Foundation have partnered to launch a county-wide awareness campaign to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Omaha community.  Do Right, Right Now is a practical call for a unified response to COVID-19.

As Nebraskans, we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, caring for one another, and working together to address problems and affect change.  We can get the good life back when we Do Right, Right Now.

The messages focus around the 3 W’s (Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance) as well as the importance of getting flu shots.  The goal is for the message to be one of hope, positivity, and encouragement that will resonate with people who may be dealing with pandemic-fatigue.

Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the campaign and give some candid answers on the current state of the pandemic, politicians, and human nature in this time of crisis.

Both episodes of this two-part interview are below.  More information on how to stay healthy can be found at

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Nebraska jumped to nearly 500 and set another new record as cases of the virus continued to surge in the state. State health officials said 483 people were hospitalized with the virus Wednesday, up from the previous day’s record-tying 436, as 1,169 new cases of the virus were reported. The state’s rate of new cases remained eighth-highest in the nation as the number of cases in Nebraska grew to 66,545 and 628 deaths were linked to the virus.

Omaha World Herald

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 31-thousand.  As of yesterday, there had been 31-thousand-40 cases in the state since the start of the pandemic.  There have been 371 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska. Douglas County health officials say a COVID-19 testing site in South Omaha is closing because of staffing issues.  Health Director Dr.

Omaha Daily Record

The city of Omaha is moving forward with a public facemask mandate.  City Councilman Pete Festersen tweeted yesterday that the council will consider an ordinance similar to one adopted in Lincoln.  The move comes after the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education requested this past weekend that the city consider a mask ordinance as the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour had been widely expected to issue a mandate Friday after the Douglas County Board of Health last Monday voted unanimously to support a mask mandate.

More than 130 new COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported 131 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 15-thousand-883.  There have been 191 COVID-19 deaths statewide.  Nearly one-third of Nebraska's coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County.

State Covid-19 Total Approaches 15,000

Jun 5, 2020

The Covid 19 infections total for Nebraska is approaching 15,000. Health officials in Douglas County announced three additional deaths from COVID-19 yesterday. There are now 45 deaths from the virus in the county, and 186 across Nebraska. The Douglas County Health Department says there are 4,769 confirmed cases of the virus in the area, including 1,101 who have recovered. Hospital capacity is relatively stable, with 42% of hospital beds, 46% of intensive care unit beds and 75% of ventilators available for use.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska has topped 17-hundred.  As of yesterday, there were 17-hundred-22 coronavirus cases and 38 deaths in the state.  Hall County has seen the most cases with 558.  Douglas County has reported 298 cases during the pandemic. Four more COVID-19 deaths have also been reported in Douglas County.  The Douglas County Health Department announced yesterday that the four most recent deaths were men in their 60s and 70s with underlying health conditions.  Fourteen people in Douglas County have died from the coronavirus during the pandemic.

Omaha World Herald

A former meteorologist is being charged after he allegedly made online terrorist threats to Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. Officials say 57-year-old Ronald Penzkowski [[pens-cow-ski]] was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of terroristic threats and stalking related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says they're currently investigating threatening emails that Penzkowski allegedly sent under a hidden identity.

Nebraska Tops 150 Coronavirus Cases; Third Related Death

Mar 31, 2020

Nebraska health officials are confirming the state's third coronavirus-related death.  The person who died from COVID-19 is a Lincoln County man in his 90s who had underlying health conditions.  As of yesterday, there were 153 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

UPDATE (03-20-20): Three New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Douglas County Three travelers are the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.  The Health Department (DCHD) reports these three individuals recently returned from areas in the Southeastern United States where COVID-19 is circulating. They are two men in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. These three individuals traveled to different areas and the cases are not connected.

This press release just arrived from the Douglas County Health Department:

The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) continues to investigate the most recent cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. These investigations involve tracing the activities of individuals who are sick in our continuing efforts to contain the disease.

Our epidemiologists have identified two locations as the site of possible low-risk exposures. Those exposures would have occurred during the following times at these locations:

This press release just arrived from the Douglas County Health Department:

"The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has launched a contact investigation into the county’s latest case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.  This involves tracing the activities of the individual who is sick in a continuing effort to contain the disease.

Our epidemiologists have identified the Advanced Auto Parts store at 17140 Evans Plaza as a location where members of the public may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Tuberculosis Cases Connected

Jan 17, 2020

(Omaha, NE)  --   The Douglas County Health Department is investigating a series of tuberculosis cases.  Health officials learned last month that a person from out of state staying with family was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  Since that time, 14 people in Douglas County, including a child, have tested positive for the disease.  Officials say the cases are latent tuberculosis, which means the virus is dormant and not contagious.

Health officials in eastern Nebraska say they're investigating a string of tuberculosis cases in the Omaha area. Television station KETV reports that the Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that 13 people have tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed active case of the lung infection. The department says it has tested 31 people since December, when it learned a person from out-of-state staying with family was diagnosed with TB. Common symptoms of TB include unexplained rapid weight loss, profuse coughing, night sweats and fever.