New Covid 19 Cases Reported

Lincoln, NE (January 20, 2021) The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that 161 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 25,697. The total number of deaths in the community remains at 185.

Just yesterday, the Health Department announced that the Covid-19 Risk Dial will drop from “Red” to “Elevated Orange”, and restrictions on Bars, Restaurants and public gatherings will lessen because of lower case numbers and a reduced risk of community spread.


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

Recoveries: up from 8,969 to 9,120

Weekly positivity rate:

  • January 10 through 16:  28.5 percent
  • January 17 through 20:  32.3 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 110 with 72 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and 38 from other communities (four on ventilators).

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at elevated orange, indicating a high risk of the virus spreading.  Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

  • Wear a face mask and stay at least six feet away when interacting with anyone from anyone outside of your household.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Individual outdoor activities are preferred.
  • Small gatherings and events only with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, capacity limits, etc.).
  • Avoid large 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.