Saturday COVID-19 Update
There have been 149,319 first dose vaccinations administered, and 104,972 completed vaccinations which includes second doses and J&J vaccines.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Saturday, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reported 24 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the community total to 30,425.
There were no deaths reported today. The community death total remains at 231.
The number of recoveries sits at 27, 317. The weekly positivity rate for April 11 through 17 is six percent.
There have been 149,319 first dose vaccinations administered, and 104,972 completed vaccinations which includes second doses and J&J vaccine.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Friday confirmed the first local case of COVID-19 variant B.1.351 also known as the South Africa variant. The case is a young adult who recently traveled to another state where the variant has been reported. The variant was identified through special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab, and LLCHD is currently investigating. This is the first confirmed case of B.1.351 in Nebraska. The B.1.351 variant has been spreading throughout the U.S. but has been identified less frequently than other variants.
A total of 28 cases of COVID-19 variants have now been identified in Lancaster County:
- B.1.427/B.1.429 – California variants, 6 cases
- B.1.1.7 – U.K. variant, 21 cases
- B.1.351 – South Africa variant, 1 case
Variants can spread more easily and quickly, and they can lead to more cases of COVID-19. Residents are urged to continue preventive actions to control the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in the community, which include getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you.