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Major pharmacies start rolling out COVID booster across the Omaha-metro

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Pfizer booster shot is rolling out at pharmacies across the country with Walgreens, Walmart, Hy-Vee, and more now offering the shot to those eligible. The offering came Friday, just a day after the CDC made its recommendation. “Our healthcare systems are once again at maximum...
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Longtime local businesswoman, volunteer succumbs to COVID-19

Southwest Iowa lost a longtime businesswoman and volunteer recently. Gertrude “Trudy” Russell, 86, of Neola, longtime co-owner of the Credit Bureau of Council Bluffs (dba Credit Information Systems), died in her sleep on Sept. 10 after a battle with COVID-19. She was born in November 1934 to Thomas Monroe and...
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BCS board to hold special meeting on COVID-19 plan

Blair Community Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the COVID-19 reopening plan that was implemented for the 2021-22 school year. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the library at Deerfield Primary School, 1100 Deerfield Boulevard. At the board's regular September meeting, it...
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Three Rivers opens additional COVID-19 testing site

With the ongoing increase of reported COVID-19 cases — primarily due to the Delta variant — the Three Rivers Public Health Department and Total Wellness have launched a new testing location in Fremont. The testing site, located at 210 E. Military Ave., began operations Wednesday. Hours include 3-6 p.m. Friday,...
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Routine COVID testing doubles detection at 3 public schools

Weekly COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic students and staff at three K-12 public schools in Omaha, Nebraska, roughly doubled the detection rate of symptom-based testing and exceeded that of the rest of the local county, according to a study yesterday in JAMA Network Open. The pilot quality-improvement project, led by University...

Metro area doctors encourage flu shot amid coronavirus pandemic

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha-metro doctors are emphasizing the importance of a flu shot this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals report fewer than 50 available ICU beds and with the flu season approaching, that is not what doctors want to see. “Every year we recommend the flu shot because...

'It's really hard if not impossible to diagnose': COVID-19, colds and allergies can all mirror each other

OMAHA, Neb. — COVID-19 is still in full effect, while RSV and Strep cases are increasing and Flu season is right around the corner. "Mostly what we're seeing in addition to COVID is strep throat, and we're still seeing a decent amount of RSV respiratory syncytial virus, both in children and adults," said Michael Shoof, primary care medical director at CHI Health.
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Is it the flu, allergies, or COVID-19? CHI Health explains

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -Right now Omaha clinics are inundated with patients sick with everything from strep throat to RSV to allergies. And, of course, COVID-19. This, all before the flu season hits. So when should you be concerned it could be COVID-19? The experts say there’s one symptom that should...
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Three Rivers Public Health Department releases latest COVID-19 numbers

More than 300 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Three Rivers Public Health Department district in the past two weeks. The health department announced Wednesday that the district, which consists of Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties, has had 164 COVID-19 cases in the last seven days and 367 cases in the past 14 days.

UNMC experts: COVID vaccine offers more protection than natural immunity

OMAHA -- Since the COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out last winter, some people who have had COVID have questioned their need to get shots, concluding that they have acquired natural immunity that will protect them from future infection. Maybe. Maybe not. One study of people who had had COVID, published...

Douglas County health director: Black community a ‘very high priority’ to get COVID-19 vaccine

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Douglas County’s top doctor is sounding the alarm on low vaccination rates among the Black community. “We definitely have a lag with our Black population in terms of getting them in and getting them vaccinated,” Dr. Lindsay Huse, Douglas County’s health director, said to county commissioners on Tuesday. “This is something that is very high on our priority list and something we’re looking at very closely.”

3 Rivers expands COVID-19 testing access to rural community

FREMONT, Neb. — While it may be a five-minute drive for you, getting a COVID-19 test isn't so easy for people who don't live in urban areas. "The number of folks that were calling every single day to find a place to go get a test," said 3 Rivers Executive Director, Terra Uhing.