COVID-19 risk dials falls further into the moderate category in Lincoln

Covid 19 Risk Dial On January 24 Courtesy Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln’s health department says the risk of catching COVID-19 in the city continues to fall.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department downgraded its COVID-19 risk dial Tuesday. The dial fell lower in the yellow, moderate category.

The department says cases fell to 152 last week. Hospitalizations also fell by five over the last week, and wastewater data showed a significant drop in virus particles.

A death related to COVID-19 was reported last week. The man was in his 50s and had not been hospitalized.

He was up to date on his COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. His death brings the total to 473 in Lincoln.

In recent weeks, the health department have been monitoring a new strain of the virus, XBB.1.5.

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Health officials believe the new strain to be more contagious than previous variants, and it’s becoming the dominant variant in Lincoln.

Despite that, XBB.1.5 has not shown signs of more severe infections.

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