COVID-19 Risk Dial moved to ‘Elevated Orange’
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For the first time in weeks, the Lancaster County COVID-19 Risk Dial has moved to ‘Elevated Orange,’ only a tick away from the red.
This increase indicates a high risk of the virus spreading, according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD).
To limit the spread, they recommend community members:
- Limit activities outside the home, unless for work, school, medical care, or food. This Husker season officials recommend trading tailgating for ‘homegating.’
- Work from home when possible.
- Stay at least six feet from anyone outside the home.
- Face masks should be worn by those over two years old when indoors and when unable to physical distance.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Attend small gatherings and events only with modifications such as physical distancing, face masks, etc.
- Follow CDC Travel Guidelines available at cdc.gov.
The LLCHD also report 112 new coronavirus cases today, bringing the community total to 7,289 cases.
Recoveries are up at 3,132 and the number of deaths remains at 30.
Seventy-one new coronavirus cases were confirmed today, the community total now at 7,075 cases. Recoveries remain at 2,868.
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Lancaster County’s positivity rate also remains at 8.6%, while the state’s raised to 10.2%.
Fifty-nine patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19, 31 of which are Lancaster county residents (6 on ventilators).
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.
According to LLCHD Director Pat Lopez, if we do move into the red category, “we are talking about a situation where we are talking about closing somethings… I know we are close. we are high orange. But… we are planning for things to improve in our community”.
Lincoln Public Schools will be delaying their 100% attendance plan. With cases still high in the community, schools operating on an A/B schedule will continue attending class remote and in-person.
Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel says they currently have no set timetable on when to decide in-person learning will be back. He says they will continue working with the health department and monitoring the numbers.
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Lincoln’s Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird holds the weekly coronavirus press conference, announcing that the COVID-19 Risk Dial has moved even closer to the red.