(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 confirmed on Saturday that nine cases of the California variant (B.1.429) have been found. Just one day after the state announced its first case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant found in the U.K., the DHHS also confirmed an extra four cases were found by the Nebraska Public Health Lab.
Two cases were identified in Public Health Solutions, one in Lancaster-Lincoln, and one in East Central. That’s a total of 13 cases of the California variant.
Officials say the California variant is believed to spread more easily but available vaccines are effective against it.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department confirmed its first case of the California COVID-19 variant strain called B.1.429 on Saturday. The case was identified as a man in his 60s.
Officials say the variant was identified through special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab.
The health department also reported 65 more cases, bringing the community total to 28,151. The total number of deaths remains at 221.
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.
Additionally, the Kroc Center is planning clinics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, March 4, and March 8. As of Thursday, however, all appointments for these clinics there are full.
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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