Wearing masks, avoiding bars among federal COVID-19 recommendations for Lincoln

The recommendations are part of a White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly briefing for governors obtained by ABC News. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Wearing masks in public and avoiding bars are among recommendations from federal officials on how to avoid an “exponential spread” of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln.

The recommendations are part of a White House Coronavirus Task Force weekly briefing for governors obtained by ABC News.

The report lists Lincoln and Lancaster County as being in a “yellow zone” – meaning that during the last week new cases fell between 10-100 per 100,000 with a positivity rate between 5-10%. The only city in Nebraska to be in the “red zone” was Kearney.

Other policy suggestions included limiting social gatherings to 25 people or fewer, routinely testing workers in assisted living and long-term care facilities and providing isolation facilities outside of households if COVID-positive individuals were unable to quarantine successfully.

On pace to surpass its highly weekly total to date, Lancaster County had 4,200 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday afternoon. Just under 1,900 recoveries had been reported.

The White House report also had Nebraska in the yellow zone for cases, with  an average of 94 new cases per 100,000 population in the last week (the 24th highest rate in the country). The national average is 88 cases per 100,000 population, according to the report.

The report says community transmission continues to be high in rural and urban counties across Nebraska, with increasing transmission in major university towns. Health officials said Wednesday about half of the latest week’s cases were connected to the UNL campus.

 

 

 

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