Lancaster County hits record high COVID cases and an additional death

The County now has had a total of 59 people die from COVID-19 since the pandemic.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —The Lancaster County Health Department has announced another COVID-19 death, this brings the community total to 59. The individual was a man in his 70s who was hospitalized.

Additionally, the county has hit a single-day high for coronavirus cases with 408 new cases reported Sunday, bringing the community total to 12, 875.

The County’s positivity rate is currently at 31.1%.

Statewide, there are currently 889 people hospitalized for COVID-19. Hospital bed availability is at 28% while ICU beds sit at 21% availability.

Below is a press release from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. 

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that another resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 59.  The individual was a man in his 70s who was hospitalized.  On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to his family and friends.

LLCHD reports 408 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 12,875.

Visit to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial remains in “Red,” indicating a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
  • Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
  • Avoid gatherings.
  • Only visit businesses and participate in activities where public health guidelines are observed.  The guidelines include mask wearing, physical distancing and capacity limits.
  • Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at

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.  If you have symptoms, please get tested.  Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.

The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or  Drive through test sites include:

  • Bryan Health: Former Graham Tire Store, northeast corner of 19th and “O” streets.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall.  Test Nebraska’s hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive.  Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge at 402-435-5300 and South West Family at 402-420-1300.

LLCHD reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza.  The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu immunization location in November.


LLCHD will provide free flu immunizations to anyone age 6 months and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or visit (keyword: vaccine).

For more information, visit or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.

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