(KFOR NEWS January 5, 2021) The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on Monday announced 5 more residents have died from COVID-19. The deaths included 2 men who were hospitalized, 1 in his 70s and 1 in his 80s, as well as 3 individuals in long-term care facilities–2 men in their 90s and a woman in her 80s.
LLCHD reports 76 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 23,239. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 158.
Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:
Recoveries: up from 7,047 to 7,177
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 106 with 64 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 42 from other communities (four on ventilators).
The COVID-19 Risk Dial is in the red position indicating a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
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 BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com. Drive through test sites include:
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