COVID risk dial moves to yellow as Delta variant drives case increase

The dial had been in 'green' since May 18. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The COVID-19 Risk Dial for Lincoln and Lancaster County on Tuesday moved to the low ‘yellow’ category.

The risk dial provides guidance for people based on the perceived prevalence of the virus in the community.

The ‘yellow’ category indicates a moderate risk of COVID-19 in the area.

The dial had been in ‘green’ since May 18.

Health Director Pat Lopez says the Delta variant is driving rising case numbers and hospitalizations.

“Numbers are clearly heading in the wrong direction,” she said.

The seven-day rolling average for cases increased from five per day the week of June 27th to 32 per day last week.

The rolling average for hospitalizations increased from nine per day the week of June 20th to 36 per day last week.

Lopez says Lancaster County hospitals are seeing their highest number of hospitalizations since February.

She says data collected by the health department shows people who are unvaccinated are more than seven times more likely to get COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated.

No further restrictions are being implemented at this time.

More COVID-19 Risk Dial information is available HERE.

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