Lincoln, NE (12-28-2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 148.
The deaths included a woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility and a man in his 50s who was hospitalized.
LLCHD reports 86 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 22,083. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 139 new cases per day.
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 6,415 to 6,506
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 94 with 58 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 36 from other communities (one on a ventilator).
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: