Lincoln, NE (November 8, 2022) The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain in low yellow for a fourth consecutive week. The yellow position on the dial indicates that the risk of the virus spreading in the community is moderate. On the color-coded dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest risk.
The position of the risk dial is based on multiple indicators:
- Cases decreased slightly over the last week – from 225 to 210 for the week ending November 5.
- Wastewater surveillance showed an increase in the number of virus particles compared to the previous week.
- The 7-day rolling average of hospitalizations increased – from 35 last week to 40 today.
- One COVID-19 death was reported last week – a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized and vaccinated. The total was 457 as of November 5.
The Health Department strongly encourages everyone to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness and hospitalization and saves lives. COVID-19 vaccine is approved for everyone age 6 months and older. Updated booster doses are approved for everyone age 5 and older.
The updated boosters, also known as bivalent boosters, have an advantage – they restore the body’s immunity against COVID-19 and protect against variants circulating in the community, which weren’t included in the previous vaccines. Even if residents have had other COVID-19 boosters, it’s important to get the new one. Residents can receive the updated booster at least two months after a previous booster or completing the primary series.
Upcoming clinics (schedules subject to change): Appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled online at covid19.lincoln.ne.gov or by calling 402-441-4200. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Vaccine for children under age 5:
- Mondays, 8 a.m. to noon and Thursdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. throughout November (No clinic on November 24), LLCHD, 3131 “O” St.
Updated booster dose clinics for children ages 5 to 11:
- Wednesdays, (No clinic on November 23) – 4 to 6 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St.
Updated booster dose clinics for ages 12 and older:
- Monday, November 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St.
- Friday, November 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD
- Monday, November 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD
Local pharmacies also offer updated boosters by appointment to those eligible. Visit vaccines.gov to find a pharmacy near you.
- Initiated vaccinations (first doses): 236,063
- Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine): 220,867
- Lancaster County residents who are fully vaccinated: 69.2%
- Booster doses: 137,035
LLCHD has distributed most of its supply of at-home test kits. The Health Department expects to receive more test kits in the coming weeks and will let residents know when they are available. For more information on COVID-19 at-home testing resources, visit covidtests.gov.
Lancaster County residents can report results of their at-home COVID-19 tests to the Health Department. The form is available at lincoln.ne.gov/COVID19ReportResults. All information is confidential. Those requiring assistance completing the form may call LLCHD at 402-441-8006.
The Food and Drug Administration extended the shelf lives of many home COVID-19 tests. To determine if a test has a new expiration date, visit At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests | FDA.