Lincoln Has 15th Death From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced Wednesday that a 15th resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln.

The individual was a man in his 50s who was hospitalized.  Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the City.

Fifty lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 2,945.

Visit to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: up from 1,145 to 1,189

Overall positivity rate: 

  • Lancaster County – remains at 6.8 percent
  • State – remains at 9.5 percent
  • National – remains at 9.3 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 16 with 10 from Lancaster County and six from other communities.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

If you have symptoms, please get tested.  Begin the process with a free online risk assessment available at and  Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street.  CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing site at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.

Test Nebraska will be in Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St. from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m., today through Saturday, August 1. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residentsTesting is by appointment only.  Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Orange,” indicating a high risk of the virus spreading.  Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Stay home if possible.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Those at risk of complications from COVID-19 should continue to minimize close contact with others.

For more information, visit or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.

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