COVID-19 update for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Officials on Wednesday provided an update on the status of COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County. 
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Officials on Wednesday provided an update on the status of COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

An additional 16 cases were confirmed Wednesday, bringing the community total to 1,648.

The number of deaths in the community remains at 11. The most recent death was reported Tuesday.

Reported recoveries remain at 545. Officials say more recoveries are expected to be reported in the coming weeks.

The overall positivity rate for Lancaster County is down from 6.8% to 6.7% on Wednesday. The state rate dropped slightly from 11.4% to 11.2%.

Hospitalizations increased Wednesday from 20 to 22, with 14 Lancaster County residents (six on ventilators), and eight from other communities (none 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 are asking 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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