Risk Dial, DHMs roll back in Lancaster County


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

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Watch Lincoln Mayor’s weekly coronavirus press conference live on klkntv.com at 3:30 p.m.

This press conference follows the announcement of Pinnacle Bank Arena (PBA) being used as a large-scale vaccination site for Phase 1B. There will be an event at PBA on Friday, but it is only for health care workers at this time.

More: PBA to be used as vaccination site for people 65 and older

In the moments leading up to the press conference, the Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 Risk Dial dropped out of the red for the first time in 10-weeks.Ezgif 3 24ae8d8d8c97

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With the Risk Dial now in the orange, our Direct Health Measures (DHM) will be relaxing starting Friday, Jan. 22.

The new DHM’s will include:

  • Indoor gatherings are capped at 50% capacity
  • Confined outdoor gathers are capped at 75% capacity,
  • No gathering is to exceed 10,000 individuals.
  • Large events of more than 500 people can resume, after being approved by the health department.
  • Restaurants and other service establishments must cap parties at eight, with occupancy remaining at 50%. Patrons must remain seated unless ordering food/drinks, using the restroom, or participating in games.
  • Bars can reopen and serve alcohol.
  • Sports venues submit a request to allow additional spectators to attend sporting events to the local health department.
  • Door-to-door sales and pedal permits may resume

Lancaster County health officials continue to work through administering coronavirus vaccinations to those in Phase 1A. According to Director Lopez, the Health Department still needs 6,000 doses in order to complete this phase. Next week, our community is expected to receive 3,900 doses.

The next phase, Phase 1B, will no include individuals with underlying health conditions.

Residents can begin registering to receive a vaccine, when available, online at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Residents can also call 402-441-8006.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has announced four new coronavirus deaths, bringing the community total to 185.

The deceased has been identified as three men in their 60s – two who were hospitalized and one in a long-term care facility, and another man in his 70s who died at home.

Also, today sees 235 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, bringing the total to 25,536.

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The county is also reporting 8,969 people have recovered. The weekly positivity rate is at 32.2%.

Today 116 people were hospitalized with coronavirus locally (79 are Lancaster County residents). A total of eight individuals are on ventilators.

This report includes numbers from Monday and Tuesday.

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