WATCH LIVE: LLCHD issues mask mandate for Lancaster County

The mask mandate officially goes back into effect tonight at midnight and will be in effect until February 11th.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Watch Live as Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Pat Lopez, Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, update the community on efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lancaster County’s COVID-19 risk dial remains in red, which means the risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community is severe.

Lancaster’s positivity rate is over 27.2 percent so far this week.  According to Director Lopez, this is the highest on recent record.

According to Director Lopez, at least 21 schools are seeing a student and staff absence of 10 percent or more.

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The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced on Friday, January 14th that a mask mandate has been reinstated.

The mask mandate officially goes back into effect tonight at midnight and will be in effect until February 11th.

The last mask mandate in Lancaster County expired on December 23. At that time, Health Director Pat Lopez said the decision was made after giving people enough time to get vaccinated and to get their boosters.

LLCHD and Mayor Baird strongly encourages everyone to receive their vaccine.  “If you have your vaccine and booster, youre 46 times less likely to ne hospitalized from COVID-19 than from someone who is not vaccinated,” stated Mayor Baird.

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