Lincoln, Lancaster County nearing 2,000 virus cases

Lincoln and Lancaster County continue to inch closer to 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 
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Lincoln and Lancaster County continue to inch closer to 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

County data showed 38 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the community total to 1,947.

The number of deaths in the community remains at 13.

Recoveries also increased, from 637 on Tuesday to 714 on Wednesday. More recoveries are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

Officials are encouraging with symptoms to get tested. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street. CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing site at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.

Test Nebraska will be in Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St. from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July and Thursday, July 9. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents. Testing is by appointment only. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Yellow,” indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading. Officials say residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Consider staying at home most of the time, with caution for non-essential travel and work
  • Distance at least six feet from anyone outside the home
  • Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
  • Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
  • Events only within guidance by the Health Department
  • Face coverings continued to be recommended to be used around other people
  • Continue to wash hands regularly, disinfect highly touched surfaces and monitor for illness
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