COVID testing-South Omaha

Mindee Swanson, a nurse practitioner, tests a man for COVID-19 at OneWorld Community Health Center in Omaha on May 8. 

Seven new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday in Nebraska, along with 221 cases.

The total number of deaths in the state rose to 132, and total cases rose to 10,846.

Sarpy and Lancaster County were among the counties reporting a death on Tuesday.

A man in his 80s with underlying health problems became the third death reported by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. The Sarpy County man had had close contact with another infected person.

Lancaster County reported its seventh death, and no other details were available. An additional 21 cases were reported in Lancaster County for a total of 910.

Douglas County discovered 92 more cases of COVID-19 after another day of increased testing — about 1,000 tests were done. Health officials said that 9.4% of tests were positive, which was one of the lowest daily rates in the past few weeks.

The new cases bring Douglas County’s case total to 2,570 since the outbreak started, according to the Douglas County Health Department. About 180 people are hospitalized in the Omaha area with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, and 24 people have died. A total of 471 people have recovered in the county.

The Health Department and Nebraska National Guard have been running drive-thru testing in South Omaha as the community there and meatpacking plants face outbreaks.

The clinics will continue through Friday at the parking lot across from OneWorld Community Health Center, 4920 S. 30th St. They run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until test kits run out.

The free tests are prioritized for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who work in packing plants. People need to provide their names and dates of birth.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email: nancy.gaarder@owh.com

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