December 5, 2021

Six children hospitalized with COVID-19; Metro hospitals see most coronavirus patients since early Feb. – KETV Omaha

Six children were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, the most since Douglas County Health Department started reporting pediatric hospitalizations to the public. The children are among the 178 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the metro. That’s the highest since Feb. 3 when 190 patients were fighting the virus in metro hospital beds. Currently, 67 are in the intensive care unit. A far cry from when metro hospitals had just three COVID-19 patients in the ICU in mid-June. Thirty-one patients are currently on ventilators to breathe. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to hold another news conference today at 2:30 p.m. to discuss hospital staffing issues. Just one week ago, he declared a hospital staffing emergency which loosened restrictions for retired and inactive health care workers. He also issued a directed health measure to delay certain elective surgeries. You can watch the news conference live here on the KETV Mobile App.

Six children were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, the most since Douglas County Health Department started reporting pediatric hospitalizations to the public.

The children are among the 178 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the metro. That’s the highest since Feb. 3 when 190 patients were fighting the virus in metro hospital beds.

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Currently, 67 are in the intensive care unit. A far cry from when metro hospitals had just three COVID-19 patients in the ICU in mid-June. Thirty-one patients are currently on ventilators to breathe.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to hold another news conference today at 2:30 p.m. to discuss hospital staffing issues.

Just one week ago, he declared a hospital staffing emergency which loosened restrictions for retired and inactive health care workers. He also issued a directed health measure to delay certain elective surgeries.

You can watch the news conference live here on the KETV Mobile App.