Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that all four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Lincoln today are community acquired.  The community total of positive cases is 49.

The total number of community acquired cases is now 31.  The new cases today are two women and one man in their 30s, and one woman in her 60s. All of them are isolated and close contacts are self-quarantined.

LLCHD is now monitoring 101 individuals.  Lancaster County reports one death, 1,401 negative tests, 49 positives with 15 tests pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 637 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 15 deaths.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.  Those who experience these symptoms should self-quarantine and call their health care providers for recommended follow up before visiting. If you need help accessing care, contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential.

Those prioritized for testing remain healthcare workers; public safety personnel; residents and employees of nursing homes and group homes; those attending or working at daycares; and people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions. Those who have no symptoms do not need to contact your health provider to be tested. Do not go to urgent care, the emergency room, or a doctor’s office to get a COVID-19 test. Those test kits and medical personnel must be reserved for individuals in the prioritized categories.

The latest information on local coronavirus response is available and  LLCHD has established a hotline at 402-441-8006 for questions on COVID-19.