Lincoln Has Five More Deaths from COVID-19

(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 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:

  • December 27 through January 2:  33.7 percent
  • January 2 through 4:  40.6 percent

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:

  • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
  • Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
  • Avoid gatherings.
  • Visit for information on how local businesses are taking precautions to protect employees and customers.
  • Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at

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: Former Graham Tire Store, northeast corner of 19th and “O” streets.  Tests are conducted from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. Monday and 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive.  Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge, 402-435-5300 and South West Family, 402-420-1300.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., north parking lot of the former Sears store.  Tests are conducted from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 402-207-9377.

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