Officials still discussing directed health measure plans for Lincoln

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Friday she is still discussing the city's plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions. 
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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Friday she is still discussing the city’s plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The current directed health measure (DHM) for Lancaster County is set to expire May 6. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a regional plan that includes major changes to statewide DHMs about an hour before Gaylor Baird’s daily coronavirus briefing.

Ricketts said the state will work with Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster  County Health Department to discuss what measures will be taken regarding the county’s DHM. An announcement is expected in the coming days.

Gaylor Baird also discussed reopening for Lincoln and the state in an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach.

Lincoln saw seven additional positive COVID-19 cases Friday. The new cases bring the community total to 113.

The cases include a girl under age 18, two women and four men.  The adults range in age from their 20s to their 50s.  Investigations of the cases continues.

In the past week, 50 cases have been reported in Lincoln – roughly 40% of the total cases.

“This is cause for concern but it’s not unexpected,” Gaylor Baird said.

new data dashboard includes additional information about the cases in Lancaster County.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Those who experience these symptoms are urged to access drive-through testing offered by Bryan Health and CHI Health St. Elizabeth.  Residents begin this process with a free online risk assessment available at and

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites.  Only those with an order and referral from Bryan Health or CHI Health St. Elizabeth, or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites.  Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

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