WATCH: Mayor says November was ‘the worst month of the pandemic’
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Lincoln’s Mayor says despite robust efforts, “November proved to be the worst month of the pandemic thus far in Lancaster County.”
In November, a total of 34 deaths were reported, which is 40% of the total local death count. Forty percent of Lancaster County’s COVID cases were also reported this month.
November saw the highest number of hospitalizations and the highest positivity rate.
As for December, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced two additional coronavirus deaths, bring the community total to 92.
This week alone, the county has seen 19 deaths.
The individuals are identified as a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and a man in his 80s who was in a long-term care facility.
Officials also report 418 new coronavirus cases today, with the community total now at 18,101.
Recoveries also increased from 5,317 to 5,363.
So far, the weekly positivity rate is 36%.
A total of 140 people are hospitalized with the virus (82 from Lancaster County). A total of nine people are 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.