LINCOLN-(KFOR Mar. 25)-The Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department ordered Directed Health Measures that further limit the opportunities for community spread of the coronavirus.
LLCHD will contact the impacted businesses directly with guidance on complying with the measures. As of 8 a.m. tomorrow, the following are not allowed in Lancaster County:
The Directed Health Measures also include a list of exceptions. The measures do not apply to the following:
Violating the Directed Health Measures in the Lincoln city limits is a city misdemeanor, subject to six months in jail, a $500 fine, or both. In Lancaster County but outside the City limits, violations are Class III misdemeanors subject to three months in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister told reporters the initial response to any investigation will be from the health department, not the police. If there is a violation found, the police will be contacted on a case-by-case basis. Chief Bliemeister asked the public not to call 911 or non-emergency numbers, but to report a situation to UPLNK either through the phone app or online.
The action is in response to the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, which was reported Tuesday. The male in his 50s became symptomatic March 11 and is currently hospitalized. LLCHD officials said he has no travel history and is not related to the previous two local cases, so this third case is considered community acquired, the first case of this kind in Lincoln.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said she believes Lincoln is fortunate to have already taken voluntary steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. For local businesses and employees facing hardship because of the pandemic, Mayor Baird said the city is working with Federal and State partners to provide access to resources that will help those impacted.
Mayor Baird added that because global testing is not available, it cannot be said for sure how many people have the virus. But, information about lab confirmed cases is accurate and timely. She said the measures that go into effect Thursday morning are not meant to inflict any damage, but are meant to protect Lincoln and its citizens.
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