City officials reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped to 193 Wednesday.
Since Sunday, 73 cases – nearly 40% of the total number – have been reported. Of those, 23 are connected to the Smithfield Foods plant in Crete.
The positivity rate for Lincoln has also climbed from 3.2% to 5.9% in the past week. Statewide, the rate doubled from 7.5% to 15.2%. Nationally the rate has hovered around 18%.
As of Wednesday afternoon, nine Lancaster County residents were being treated in hospitals for the virus. Two of those patients are on ventilators.
In Nebraska, cases climbed to more than 3,600 on Wednesday, with 58 deaths.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said the number of positive cases is just one factor officials are looking at as they consider when to ease restrictions. Gaylor Baird announced Lincoln’s current directed health measure was extended until May 11.
*** The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Data Dashboard experienced technical difficulties on Wednesday. As a result, the State’s COVID-19 totals are only partially reflected in the system. Local health departments are reporting deaths and cases in their jurisdictions. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS dashboard data and deaths or cases reported by local public health officials, data reported by the local health department should be considered the most up-to-date. The numbers in this story came from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.