Lincoln Has 17th Death From COVID-19

(KFOR NEWS  August 6, 2020)   Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that a 17th resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln.  The individual was a woman in her 90s who was hospitalized.  Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to her family and friends on behalf of the City.

20 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 3,215.

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

Recoveries: up from 1,334 to 1,403

Overall positivity rate: 

  • Lancaster County – remains at 6.8 percent
  • State – remains at 9.5 percent
  • National – remains at 9.6 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 22 with 11 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 11 from other communities (one on ventilator).

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.  Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.

The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or  Drive through test sites include:

  • Bryan Health: LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th St.
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, northwest corner of the mall.  Test Nebraska appointment times are from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. today through Saturday.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Orange,” indicating a high risk of the virus spreading.

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