Lincoln tops 200 COVID-19 cases | State total approaching 4,000

City officials announced nine new lab-confirmed cases Thursday morning, bringing the total to 202. 
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Lincoln has now topped 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

City officials announced nine new lab-confirmed cases Thursday morning, bringing the total to 202.

Since Sunday, 81 cases – nearly 40% of the total number – have been reported. Of those, at least 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. New numbers are expected to be released Thursday afternoon.

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.

To date, nearly 3,800 cases and 68 deaths have been reported statewide.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

Those who experience these symptoms are urged to access drive-through testing offered by Bryan Health and CHI Health St. Elizabeth.  Residents begin this process with a free online risk assessment available at and

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites.  Only those with an order and referral from Bryan Health or CHI Health St. Elizabeth, or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites.  Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

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