Officials say woman is 12th COVID-19 death in Lancaster County

Officials on Thursday reported the twelfth death from COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County. 
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Officials on Thursday reported the twelfth death from COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Health Director Pat Lopez said that the individual was a female in her 50s who was hospitalized.

Eleven new cases were also reported Thursday, bringing the community total to 1,659. Recoveries ticked up slightly from 545 on Wednesday to 547 on Tuesday.

The overall positivity rate saw a slight decrease from 6.7% to 6.6%. The state rate remained at 11.2%.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients remained steady at 22 Thursday, with 14 Lancaster County residents (five on ventilators), and eight from other communities (none 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.

Officials are asking those with symptoms to get tested.  Begin the process 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.

Next week’s Test Nebraska site and schedule will be announced soon. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents. Testing is by appointment only.  Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Yellow,” indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading.  Officials say residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Consider staying at home most of the time, with caution for non-essential travel and work
  • Distance at least six feet from anyone outside the home
  • Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
  • Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
  • Events only within guidance by the Health Department
  • Face coverings continued to be recommended to be used around other people
  • Continue to wash hands regularly, disinfect highly touched surfaces and monitor for illness
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