Lincoln officials report highest daily COVID case total this year

The Risk Dial is at mid-orange, meaning high risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community.
Lincoln Mayor's Coronavirus Press Conference 5/18/21

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department reported the highest daily COVID-19 case total in 2021 on Thursday.

Lab-confirmed cases reported Thursday, November 18: 253

Total number of cases: 43, 567

The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department also reported two COVID deaths on Thursday, one of them was a women in her 70’s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated. One of the deaths happened in January, but officials say it was not captured in the tracking system until now.

Total number of deaths: 325

Health officials say 90 people are in the hospital with COVID; 52 from Lancaster County (3 on ventilators) and 38 from other communities (9 on ventilators). This includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.

The Risk Dial is at mid-orange, meaning high risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community.

The current Directed Health Measure that is in effect includes a mask requirement for all individuals ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. This DHM is in effect through November 24.

Officials say 61.3% of all Lancaster County residents are fully vaccinated. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department says they are now focusing on fully vaccinating 75% of the entire population of Lancaster County.

Upcoming vaccination clinics:

  • Friday, November 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St. – first and second doses, Pfizer and Moderna booster doses
  • Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th St., first doses for children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer booster doses
  • Tuesday, November 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses, Pfizer and Moderna booster doses

Walk-ins are welcome at all locations expect for clinics for children ages 5 to 11, which are by appointment only.

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