Mayor announces 3 changes to current Lincoln DHM

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Tuesday afternoon announced three changes to Lincoln's current directed health measure. 
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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Tuesday afternoon announced three changes to Lincoln’s current directed health measure.

The first change is to language prohibiting body art facilities, massage therapy, barber shops and cosmetology establishments to be more consistent with the state language. This is a language change only. These types of businesses continue to be among gatherings that are prohibited.

The second change allows religious services to be consistent with the state DHM. The third change prohibits door-to-door sales and the processing of new peddler’s licenses.

The current DHM for Lincoln and Lancaster County is in effect through May 10. Gaylor Baird said an announcement will be made later this week about what steps will be taken after that date.

You can find the full DHM language here.

Officials also announced five additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lincoln. The new cases bring the total for Lincoln to 439 cases as of Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said 282 (about 64%) of Lincoln’s cases have been confirmed in the last seven days. Of those, 158 are Lancaster County residents with a connection to Smithfield Foods in Crete. An additional nine cases are tied to the Smithfield plant in Lincoln. Nearly 50% of all cases reported in the last week are tied to the facilities.

Lancaster County has 16 people working on contact tracing, and an additional 11 starting soon.

Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Linconln-Lancaster  County Health Department, said she expects to have information about recoveries and active cases on Friday.

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