COVID-19 update for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Officials on Wednesday announced 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln. 
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Officials on Wednesday announced 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln.

The new cases bring the total for Lancaster County to 1,545.  The number of deaths in the community remains at 10.

The number of reported recoveries grew slightly from 470 to 473.

The overall positivity rate for the county remained at 7.1%, down from the state rate of 12.2%.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 positive patients dropped slightly from 26 on Tuesday to 25 on Wednesday, with 14 Lancaster County residents (four on ventilators), and 11 from other communities (two on ventilators).

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 encourage 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.

Next week’s Test Nebraska site and schedule will be announced soon. 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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