COVID-19 update for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Health officials on Monday announced 16 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County. 
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Health officials on Monday announced 16 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County.

The new cases bring the total for the community to 1,372. The number of reported recoveries remains unchanged at 267.

The positivity rate for Lancaster County also remained unchanged Monday at 7.4%.  The state rate sits at 13.1%, slightly higher than the national rate of 12%.

Hospitalizations for for COVID-19 patients decreased from 35 on Friday to 30 on Monday, 16 of whom are Lancaster County residents.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Yellow,” indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading.  City officials advise residents to follow these recommendations:

  • Stay home if possible.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Those at risk of complications from COVID-19 should continue to stay away from others.

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 urge 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 is conducting tests at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th Street.  Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.  Test Nebraska is now open for ages 15 to 35. This week’s schedule for Lincoln is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., today and Tuesday.

 

Categories: Coronavirus