Officials announce COVID-19 cases at Lincoln long-term care facilities

Health officials announced Tuesday there have been several cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Lincoln's long-term care facilities. 
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Health officials announced Tuesday there have been several cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Lincoln’s long-term care facilities.

As of Tuesday, 12 cases had been confirmed spread out across multiple facilities. The names of the facilities were not released by health officials. There are 52 state-regulated facilities in Lancaster County.

All of the cases were reported within the last two weeks, and three have proved to be fatal, Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said.

Lopez said the residents have all had very critical health needs in addition to their age.

The announcement came shortly after Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird reported Lancaster County’s seventh coronavirus-related death. That person had underlying health conditions and had been hospitalized.

To date, all but one of the patients who have died in Lancaster County have been hospitalized, and the one who wasn’t was near hospitalization, Lopez said. They have ranged in age from their 50s to their 80s.

Officials also announced new cases at Smithfield Foods plants in Crete (24 new cases Tuesday) and Lincoln (3 new cases Tuesday). Additionally, three new cases related to Smart Chicken in Waverly were reported.

The total number of cases for Lancaster County stands at 910. Recoveries remained unchanged Tuesday at 120.

 

 

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