COVID-19 Risk Dial remains in red for fourth consecutive week

The red category indicates the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community is severe.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain in red for the fourth consecutive week.

The red category indicates the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community is severe.

During the press conference, Health Director Pat Lopez said that the omicron variant has not yet peaked in Lancaster County. Cases and hospitalizations still remain high, along with a 30.7 percent positivity rate in the county.

“Even when case numbers start to decline, the risk of infection will still be high for at least a couple of weeks, and hospitalizations could continue to increase. It’s critical we continue to take action to help preserve access to our hospitals and health care, keep our schools open, and reduce disruptions in business services,” said Lopez.

At the end of last week, LLCHD reported 4,520 COVID-19 cases, Lopez says these might be low due to testing sites closing for cold weather.

Today, Lopez announced one COVID-19 death. LLCHD has reported 30 COVID-19 deaths so far in 2022.

LLCHD urges people to take the following precautions:

  • Limit interactions outside the home by traveling only to work or school, to buy food or get medical care, or to get tested or vaccinated.
  • Get vaccinated or boosted now.
  • Avoid crowds, and don’t attend big events such as concerts and athletic competitions.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms which can be similar to cold or flu symptoms.
  • Get tested if you have been exposed to someone who has the virus.
  • If you are sick, stay home and away from others.
  • Watch your distance and wash your hands.

Lopez says they have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in younger people. Dr. Amy Pinkall, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital spoke about the rise of hospitalizations in children and teens.

Dr. Pinkall says they are seeing kids being hospitalized with severe illness due to COVID-19, most of them being unvaccinated.

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