COVID-19 risk deemed ‘high’ as Lancaster County surpasses 2,000 virus cases

The COVID-19 risk dial, used to gauge the threat of the coronavirus in Lincoln, increased for the first time as Lancaster County passed 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus. 
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The COVID-19 risk dial, used to gauge the threat of the coronavirus in Lincoln, increased for the first time as Lancaster County passed 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said the dial has moved from “moderate,'”where it has been for the past month, back to “high,” in what Gaylor Baird called a “clear reversal of progress.”

Officials announced 30 new cases on Friday, bringing the community total to 2,028.

Health Director Pat Lopez said health experts have become increasingly concerned over the past two weeks about the number of new cases. From June 28 through Saturday July 4, 170 new cases were reported – the highest weekly total since mid May.

Since June 22, when health restrictions were eased, 75% of all cases have been people under the age of 40, Lopez said.

“This is a concerning trend,” Lopez said.

Lopez said the increasing positivity rate – which has risen to 7.5% – and delay in getting test results has also caused concerns. Test results have taken several days longer to get back due to surges of cases in other states that have led to inundated labs.

To date, 740 recoveries have been reported. Officials say more recoveries are expected in the coming weeks. COVID-19 deaths remained at 13.

Officials recommend the following precautions when the COVID-19 risk dial is at the “high” level:

  • Stay at home unless essential personnel traveling for work, or general public acquiring medical care or food
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Work from home if possible
  • Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are acceptable
  • Smallest number of contacts feasible
  • No large gatherings or events, no more than 10 people
  • Face coverings strongly recommended for anyone over 2 years old
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
  • If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, stay at home
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
  • Daily temperature checks at work
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barrier such as paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)

 

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