COVID UPDATE: Risk Dial in red, Mayor self-isolating
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has moved the risk dial from high ‘orange’ to ‘red.’ Health Director Pat Lopez says the decision was made after “many of our key indicators reached all time highs.”
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird also announced that her husband has tested positive for the virus, so their family is now self-isolating.
“Today is my husband Scott and I’s 21st wedding anniversary… Unfortunately, we will be celebrating this anniversary from different floors of our home. I am fine, but my husband Scott just tested positive for COVID-19,” shared Mayor Gaylor Baird. “He is isolating in our basement, dealing with several typical recognizable symptoms like chills cough and headache… Even though the kids and I do not have any symptoms, we are quarantining for 14 days because we live in the same household with them.”
Today 90 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the total is to 10,545. According to LLCHD, we are now averaging 150 cases a day.
The total number of deaths for the community remains at 50.
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Total coronavirus recoveries are up from 4,320 to 4,364.
While the county’s positivity rate remains at 9.8% while the state’s is up to 12.7%.
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A total of 100 people (44 from Lancaster County) were being treated for the virus at local hospitals. A total of nine people were on ventilators.
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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.