Covid Case Numbers Creeping Upward Again
Lincoln, NE (May 3, 2022) “We’re seeing an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the BA.2 variant, but as of now, that has not yet led to more hospitalizations,” said Pat Lopez, Health Director, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). “It’s unclear whether this variant will cause a small uptick or a larger surge and we’re monitoring the situation closely.”
- Weekly new cases have increased from 69 reported the week ending April 9 to 197 cases reported the week ending April 30.
- The 7-day rolling average of cases has increased from less than 10 to 28 cases per day at the end of last week.
Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 43
Total number of deaths: 438
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients:
16 with 9 from Lancaster County (1 on a ventilator) and 7 from other communities (none on ventilators). Note: The hospitalization number includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.
Risk Dial: green – risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community is low. Updated public health guidance is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov.
At-home test kits available:
At-home test kits are available in the main lobby of LLCHD, 3131 ”O” St., during regular business hours. Test kits are also available at all Lincoln City Library locations.
At-home test reporting:
Lancaster County residents can report results of their at-home COVID-19 tests to the Health Department and receive helpful quarantine and isolation information. The form is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov in the testing section of the website, just below the risk dial. All information is confidential. People who require assistance in completing the form may call LLCHD at 402-441-8006 for assistance.
Vaccinations administered: No vaccination data is available today. The state immunization system has not been updated.
- Initiated vaccinations (first doses): 229,169
- Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine): 214,926
- Lancaster County residents who are fully vaccinated: 67.4%
- Booster doses: 125,319
Those experiencing some of the most severe outcomes from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. LLCHD strongly urges everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated or boosted. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, saves lives, and slows further spread of the virus. Residents age 5 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 12 and older are eligible for a first booster dose. Those age 50 and older and those age 12 and older with weakened immune systems are eligible for a second booster dose. Find a clinic near you at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment. Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at vaccines.gov 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 LLCHD at 402-441-4200 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Upcoming vaccination clinics (schedule subject to change; appointments are encouraged, walk-ins also welcome at all locations):
- Friday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St.
- Monday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD
- Wednesday, May 11, 4 to 7 p.m., LLCHD
- Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD
All clinics will offer first and second doses for age 5 and older, first booster doses for age 12 and older, and second booster doses for age 50 and older and those age 12 and older with weakened immune systems. View upcoming clinics and schedule an appointment at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov.