Covid-19 Death Reported In Lancaster County

Lincoln, NE (July 8, 2021)  Lincoln has had another death from Covid 19. The victim was a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized when she died.

Special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab identified the delta variant as the culprit. It’s the first reported death from the delta variant in Lancaster County, and brings the county total to 239 deaths.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department also reported 31 new cases today.


Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  178,350
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  168,954

Vaccination goal:

  • 75% of Lancaster County residents age 16 and older fully vaccinated.
  • Current percentage: 66.5%


Vaccinations:  Progress in our COVID-19 vaccination efforts positively impacts our community. The more people who are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus and its variants will have to spread. COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It provides protection against the virus, prevents severe illness and saves lives. Residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, and appointments are available for this week. Residents can sign up and schedule a vaccination appointment at Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at or by texting their ZIP code to 438829.

Those who do not have online access or who need assistance with registration or scheduling may call the LLCHD COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


Upcoming vaccination clinics (subject to change; walk-ins welcome at all locations):

  • Thursday, July 8, The Foundry Community, 211 N. 14th St. – first and second doses
  • Friday, July 9, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 “O” St. – first and second doses

Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 31

Total number of cases: 31,615

Variant cases: The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) recently identified additional COVID-19 variant cases in Lancaster County. The current total of variant cases is 254. LLCHD continues to closely monitor the potential impact of variants on our community and urges every eligible adult and child to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. Vaccination is the best protection we have against the virus and its variants and prevents severe illness. The more people who are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus and its variants have to spread.

Total number of COVID-19 variant cases in Lancaster County: 254

  • Alpha (B.1.1.7) – first identified in the U.K., 196 cases
  • Beta (B.1.351) – first identified in South Africa, 8 cases
  • Delta (B.1.617) – first identified in India, 20 cases
  • Epsilon (B.1.427/B.1.429) – first identified in California, 21 cases
  • Gamma (P.1) – first identified in Brazil, 6 cases
  • Iota (B.1526) – first identified in New York, 3 cases


Deaths reported today: 1, a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized. Special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab identified the delta variant (B.1617).  This is the first reported death related to the delta variant in Lancaster County.

Total number of deaths: 239


Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 22 with 15 from Lancaster County (none on ventilators) and seven from other communities (two on ventilators).


Risk Dial:  green, signifies a minimal and controlled level of COVID-19 in Lancaster County, meaning transmission is low.

Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or Drive-through testing is available from:

  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive. Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge, 402-435-5300 and South West Family, 402-420-1300.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., north parking lot of the former Sears store. Tests are conducted from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 402-207-9377. The state will end the Test Nebraska program by July 31. The last day of testing through Test Nebraska sites is July 18.

Testing is also available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations, 7501 S. 27th St., 5901 N. 27th St. and 4333 S. 86th St. To check wait times, call 402-481-6343.

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