130 cases of COVID-19 tied to Smithfield Food plants in Lincoln and Crete

Health officials announced Monday 130 cases of COVID-19 are linked to local food processing plants. 
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Health officials announced Monday 130 cases of COVID-19 are linked to local food processing plants.

Of the cases, 123 (71 employees, 35 close contacts) were tied to the Smithfield Foods plant in Crete and seven (four employees, three close contacts) were associated with the plant in Lincoln. An additional 17 cases are still pending.

Lincoln saw it’s highest single-day total of cases reported with 92 on Monday. The community total was at 394 as of Monday afternoon.

The positivity rate for Lancaster County has risen to 8.3%, more than doubling in the past week.

Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said 10 Lancaster County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, three were on ventilators. Lincoln hospitals were also housing 38 patients from outside the county, Lopez said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

Those who experience these symptoms are urged to access drive-through testing offered by Bryan Health and CHI Health St. Elizabeth.  Residents begin this process with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com.

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites.  Only those with an order and referral from Bryan Health or CHI Health St. Elizabeth, or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites.  Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

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