Lancaster County’s COVID-19 risk dial rises to orange as cases rise

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After staying in elevated yellow for five straight weeks, the Lancaster County COVID-19 risk dial is moving up into orange.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said the decision was based on the recent increase in hospitalizations and cases.

Cases rose by over 100 from the previous week to 671 on Saturday.  Hospitalizations have also continued to increase with 39 reported on Tuesday.

Wastewater surveillance showed a 105% increase in virus particles compared to the week before, the health department said.

The dial has not been in orange since February, when COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations were high due to the omicron variant.

“We’re seeing higher levels of COVID-19 in the community, which means we’re more likely to come into contact with someone who has the virus,” Health Director Pat Lopez said.  “There are precautions we can take including staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, and if we’re unable to distance ourselves from others, wearing a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.”

Upcoming vaccination clinics and locations can be found at covid19.lincoln.ne.gov.

Last Tuesday, the health department announced that COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5 would be available starting the next day.

See also: COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 available starting Wednesday

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