COVID-19 update for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Authorities on Monday provided an update on the status COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County
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Authorities on Monday provided an update on the status COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Officials announced 12 new cases Monday, bringing the community total to 1,623.

The number of deaths in the community remains at 10.

Reported recoveries increased from 479 on Friday to 511 on Monday. More recoveries are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The overall positivity rate for Lancaster County remains at 6.8%, compared to 11.4% for the state.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 dropped slightly from 27 on Friday to 26 on Monday, with 17 Lancaster County residents (three on ventilators), and nine from other communities (one on ventilator).

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

Officials are asking those with symptoms to get tested. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street. CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing site at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.

Test Nebraska will be at Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St., until 5 p.m. Monday, June 22 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents. Testing is by appointment only. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Yellow,” indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading. Officials say residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Consider staying at home most of the time, with caution for non-essential travel and work
  • Distance at least six feet from anyone outside the home
  • Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
  • Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
  • Events only within guidance by the Health Department
  • Face coverings continued to be recommended to be used around other people
  • Continue to wash hands regularly, disinfect highly touched surfaces and monitor for illness
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