Lancaster County COVID-19 cases more than double in past 10 days

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County have more than doubled in the past 10 days. 
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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County have more than doubled in the past 10 days.

Lincoln officials on Monday announced 17 new lab-confirmed cases, bringing the county total to 624. More cases are expected to be announced Monday afternoon.

Since May 2, cases have more than doubled from 299 to the current total. Local health and government officials say a large reason for the increased cases is increased access to testing.

Nearly 60% of cases are considered community spread. About 30% of cases are listed as having an “unknown” exposure type. The remaining cases are due to direct contact or travel, according to city data.

Health officials encourage residents to continue to stay home if possible, to wear face coverings, and to wash their hands frequently.  Those at risk of complications from COVID-19 should continue to stay away from others.

Officials also urge those with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.  Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

Those who experience these symptoms are urged to access drive-through testing offered by Bryan Health and CHI Health St. Elizabeth.  Residents begin this process with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com.

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites.  Only those with an order and referral from Bryan Health or CHI Health St. Elizabeth, or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites.  Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

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