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.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced 29 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The new cases bring the community total to 2,255.

The number of deaths in the community remains at 13.

Recoveries also remained unchanged at 785, as did the positivity rate at 6.6%.  The state rate dropped slightly from 10% to 9.9%.

A total of 21 people were hospitalized for the virus in local hospitals, including 16 Lancaster County residents (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 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. from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 16 through 17. 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 “Orange,” indicating a high risk of the virus spreading.  Officials say residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • 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.
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