Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The Health Department is committed to ensuring our residents and healthcare professionals have access to the most up-to-date information to ensure the health and safety of themselves, their patients, and our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this outbreak and publishes the most accurate and timely COVID-19 information. Please visit the CDC's website for more information.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 Cumulative Case Count in Sarpy and Cass Counties as of 2:45 pm May 25, 2022:
Positive Cases = number of individuals who have received a positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result; contact investigation is completed and verified prior to posting on this chart.
Active Cases = number of unique individuals who are either still symptomatic, hospitalized, or within less than 14 days following diagnosis.
Deaths = number of unique individuals with COVID-19 listed as a contributing factor on a death certificate.
COVID-19 Positive Case Count by Day the Health Department was Notified; Sarpy and Cass County
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COVID-19 Dashboard Sarpy and Cass Counties
COVID-19 Vaccinations of Sarpy and Cass County Residents as of 9:40 am May 25, 2022:
*Vaccination numbers do not include vaccines provided through U.S. Military sources, i.e., Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Offutt AFB. Preliminary data; not for use as official vaccine counts.
Residents Fully Vaccinated = number of unique individuals who have completed the vaccination series (1 dose of Johnson & Johnson or 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna).
Percent Fully Vaccinated = percentage of Sarpy and Cass County residents who have completed the vaccination series (based on 2018 population of 204,053).
Data source: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations-county-view
Childcare Center COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting
Per the request of the DHHS childcare licensing office, the Health Department needs to keep track of the number of active COVID-19 cases at a daycare at any given time. A childcare representative needs to complete a brief survey for each individual positive case. It should take no longer than one to two minutes.
If you have questions about this reporting or about COVID-19 recommendations, contact Kailey Kocourek at [email protected].
COVID-19 Positive Case Contact Tracing
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department utilizes a combination of disease investigators to personally call COVID-positive resident and an electronic statewide survey to gather information regarding symptoms and exposure. The electronic survey is sent to adult residents via text message.
Reporting of COVID-19 Positive Results via At-Home Test Kits
Currently Nebraska does not include at-home positive test results in official COVID-19 case numbers. The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is tracking residents who test positive via an at-home kit to include in unofficial counts. If you would like to self-report a positive at-home result, please call 402-339-4334 or email [email protected]. Please provide first and last name, date of birth, address, and date the positive test was collected.
COVID-19 Symptoms or Tested Positive for COVID-19?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, the following information may assist you in slowing the spread of the virus.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is collaborating with State and local partners to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in a way that provides the most protection for Nebraskans as quickly as possible. Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.
International Travel Health Notices: CDC recommendations for postponing or canceling travel to international countries affected by COVID-19.
Help if you are Visually Impaired
It can be overwhelming to find the resources you need during this challenging time, especially if you have poor or no vision. If you can’t see or can’t see very well, call Outlook Enrichment’s COVID-19 Help Line at 531-365-5059 for assistance from people who understand vision challenges and want to help. This line is staffed 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages received outside of these times will be answered within 24 hours. These resources can also be found at outlookne.org/covidhelp.
COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-844-268-5627
I am a medical provider interested in carrying COVID-19 vaccine in my clinic. What is the process?
Review the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program provider requirements. If you are able to comply with the requirements, contact [email protected] to begin the enrollment process.
Information for Schools
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was established in the summer of 2020 (and retired on July 1, 2021) to give an overview of the current risk and severity of COVID-19 in Sarpy and Cass Counties. The guidance for each category was based on federal and state guidance published by public health experts. This guidance did not replace any federal, state, or local directed health measure. This tool was developed by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and modified for use by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was comprised of the following measures:
- Weekly COVID-19 positivity rate in Sarpy and Cass Counties (using the person/person rate of # of new people with positive tests divided by the # of new people with positive test results + the # of new people with negative test results) (three-week average)
- Number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people (three-week average)
- Percent of ICU beds available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
- Percent of critical medical equipment available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
- Percent of eligible population fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (current percent)
- Percent of positive COVID-19 residents contacted for an investigation within 48 hours of the positive test result (three-week average)
All six factors were averaged together to determine the overall risk category.