More Variant Virus Confirmed In Lincoln

(KFOR NEWS  April 6, 2021)   The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has confirmed 4 local cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 also known as the U.K. variant.  The variants were identified through special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab, and LLCHD is currently investigating.  A total of 7 cases of COVID-19 variants have been identified in Lancaster County:

  • B.1.429 – California variant, 1 case
  • B.1.1.7 – U.K. variant, 6 cases

Variants can spread more easily and quickly and they can lead to more cases of COVID-19. Residents are urged to continue preventive actions to control the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in the community, which include getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you.

Local health officials also reported another death…a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized, bringing the total of 29,848.

8 new cases of the virus were confirmed on Monday.

Other statistics from Monday’s Health Department report:

Weekly positivity rate:

  • March 27 through April 2:  4.9 percent
  • April 3 through 5:  no data

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 29 with 24 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and five from other communities (three on ventilators).

Risk Dial:  mid-yellow, moderate risk of COVID-19 spread

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  116,837
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  72,717

Last week’s large-scale clinics:

  • Monday, March 29, Pinnacle Bank Arena – nearly 7,800 second doses for residents age 65 and older
  • Thursday, April 1, Lancaster Event Center – more than 3,500 second doses for residents age 65 and older and educators

This week’s large-scale clinics:

  • Wednesday, April 7, Pinnacle Bank Arena – first doses for residents age 50 and older
  • Thursday, April 8, Pinnacle Bank Arena – second doses for residents age 63 and older, educators, and childcare providers
  • Friday, April 9, Pinnacle Bank Arena – second doses for residents age 63 and older, educators, and childcare providers
  • Saturday, April 10, Pinnacle Bank Arena – first dose clinic for manufacturing and food service workers

Registration:  An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is available at  Those who do not have online access or who need assistance may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register.  The vaccine is not yet available for the general public.  As vaccine doses become available, those who are registered will be given an appointment to be vaccinated. Appointments for vaccinations are dependent on vaccine supply and are not related to the order in which people register.

Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or

Drive-through testing is available from:

  • 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

Testing is also available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations, 7501 S. 27th St., 5901 N. 27th St. and 4333 S. 86th St. To check wait times, call 402-481-6343.

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

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