Majority of new virus cases in Lincoln, Lancaster County are people under 40, health director says

While the number of new COVID-19 cases in Lincoln and Lancaster County continues to trend downward, health officials say they're seeing a surge in the number of young people getting infected. 
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Health officials say young people told contact tracers they have been attending bars, going camping, playing in team sporting events and going to other social gatherings.
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While the number of new COVID-19 cases in Lincoln and Lancaster County continues to trend downward, health officials say they’re seeing a surge in the number of young people getting infected.

Of the 452 new cases so far in June, 293 (65%) have been people under the age of 40.

In the past week, that number rose to 73%, with 25% of the cases being people under the age of 20.

“Our investigators are hearing they went to bars, social gatherings, went camping with large groups or have taken part in team sports activities with no masks or face covering,” said Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird urged young people to be considerate of their neighbors and those who are at higher risk of complications from the virus.

“Please also consider that all of us in Lincoln, regardless of age, live in community together,” she said.

Overall, the area has seen the average number weekly cases drop, with an average of 17 new cases per day. Eleven cases were reported on Friday. The total for Lancaster County sits at 1,670.

The number of coronavirus patients in local hospitals dropped to 21 on Friday from 27 a week ago.

Lopez said the number of tests being completed has also dropped. She said testing capacity and availability remain strong.

All Lancaster County residents, regardless of whether they have symptoms, can get tested through Test Nebraska.

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.

You can begin the process of getting tested with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com.  Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street.  CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing site at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.

Test Nebraska will be at Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St., 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 1-2.  Testing is by appointment only.  Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.

LLCHD will host a free testing event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30 for minority residents and those for whom English is a second language.  Testing will be done on the south side of the building in the parking lot next to Woods Park.  Residents do not need to have symptoms to be tested.  Registration is required and appointments can be made by calling 402-441-8006.

 

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