COVID-19 update for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Officials on Thursday announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County. 
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Officials on Thursday announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County.

The new cases bring the total for the community to 1,766.

The number of deaths remains at 13.

Recoveries also remained unchanged at 623.

The overall positivity rate ticked up slightly from 6.4% to 6.5%, but remains lower than the state rate of 10.6%.

A total of 13 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, with eight of them being Lancaster County residents. Two of those were 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.

Test Nebraska will be in Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St., until 5 p.m. today.  Next week, testing will be at the same location from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, July 8-9.  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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