For first time in seven weeks, Lancaster County’s COVID risk dial rises

County returns to yellow for first time since March

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After Lancaster County’s seven weeks in the risk level green, the risk dial has increased to low yellow.

When the dial moved to green in March, weekly hospitalizations dipped below 100 for the first time since July.

There are currently 30 people hospitalized because of COVID-19 in Lancaster County, 13 of whom reside within the county.

The hospitalization number includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.

On May 7, data shows that the positivity rate has increased to 10.2 percent.

The county has seen some recent increases in COVID-19 outbreaks in close living communities.

At this time, no directed health measure will be initiated.

According to Pat Lopez, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, it is not yet known if the recent increase in cases will lead to a surge.

At-home testing kits are still available main lobby of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 3131 O St. and at Lincoln City Library locations for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Positive at-home tests can be reported here.

Vaccinations and boosters are available throughout the next two weeks at the health department’s office.

Upcoming vaccination clinics (schedule subject to change; appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome at all locations):

  • Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 O St.
  • Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD
  • Monday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD
  • Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD
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