24% of Lancaster County fully vaccinated

This event was previously live-streamed and has since ended. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln’s Mayor, along with local health department officials, updates our community on its vaccination progress at 3:30 p.m. We’ll be streaming it live right here on klkntv.com.

A mass vaccination clinic was held Monday at Pinnacle Bank Arena where nearly 7,800 residents were vaccinated. Another clinic is scheduled for this Thursday at the Lancaster Event Center.

A smaller clinic was held at the Asian Cultural and Community Center Monday afternoon.

Live updates will be posted below.

On Tuesday, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reported another COVID death.

The deceased has been identified as a man in his 60s who was hospitalized. The community death total is now up to 227.

Also, 62 new cases were reported, bringing the community total to 29,580.

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Changes have been made to Lancaster County’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

“The definition of recovery has been updated to allow a more efficient recovery reporting for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,” said LLCHD Health Director Pat Lopez.

Recovery will now be defined as being 60 days out from an individual’s positive COVID-19 test. The person must not be hospitalized either in order to be considered “recovered.” Based on this new definition, more than 26,370 people have recovered from COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Next week, Director Lopez said a mass vaccination clinic will be held for residents 55 and older at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

As for Lancaster County’s progress through the vaccination plan, Director Lopez reminds residents that each area has unique needs to be met.

“Our progress is also impacted by the supply of vaccines and the number of people we have in the priority group. Lancaster County, for example, has a higher number of health care providers and educators than some other areas in the state. All of these factors mean that Lancaster County may not move through the phases at the same time as other areas of the state.”

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird says over 109,000 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 24% of our total county population has been fully vaccinated.

Nebraskans aged 18 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated through the Federal Pharmacy Program as of Monday. Lincoln has three pharmacies participating in this program

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Twenty-four COVID patients are currently hospitalized (17 from Lancaster County). Three patients are on ventilators.

The weekly positivity rate has yet to be released.

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