Lincoln, NE (October 29, 2021) Covid-19 took two more lives in Lincoln Friday. They were a woman in her 60’s and a man in his 70’s. Their deaths bring the Lancaster county pandemic total to 312 so far. The health department also reported 100 new cases.
Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 100
Total number of cases: 41,220
Deaths reported today: 2, a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated, and a man in his 70s who was vaccinated and not hospitalized
Total number of deaths: 312
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients: 88 with 52 from Lancaster County (4 on ventilators) and 36 from other communities (10 on ventilators). Note: This includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.
Risk Dial: elevated yellow, moderate risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community
Directed Health Measure: The current DHM is has been extended through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, November 24 and includes a mask requirement for all individuals ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. More information on the health measure and masks is available at lincoln.ne.gov/DHM and lincoln.ne.gov/mask.
Vaccinations administered (vaccination goal is 75%):
The Health Department will now focus on fully vaccinating 75% of the entire population of Lancaster County. There are nearly 319,000 county residents, with just over 60% being fully vaccinated. Those experiencing some of the most severe outcomes from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Ensuring that residents have ongoing opportunities to receive COVID-19 remains a priority. The Health Department will continue to work with community partners to host clinics that are accessible, convenient and close to home.
Vaccinations: The delta variant is circulating at high levels in Lancaster County and continues to impact the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Every person vaccinated creates needed protection for the community. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) strongly urges everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, saves lives, and slows further spread of the virus. Residents age 12 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Find a clinic near you at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment. Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at vaccines.gov or by texting their ZIP code to 438829.
Those who do not have online access or who need assistance with registration or scheduling may call LLCHD at 402-441-4200 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Upcoming vaccination clinics (subject to change; walk-ins welcome at all locations):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved booster doses for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. LLCHD is currently providing booster doses to anyone who falls within the current CDC recommendations. LLCHD is providing Pfizer and Moderna booster doses at some clinics. Types of booster doses being offered are noted on the clinic schedule. LLCHD is contacting eligible Moderna and J&J vaccine recipients to schedule booster dose appointments.
CDC Pfizer and Moderna booster recommendations:
Pfizer and Moderna booster doses are currently approved at six months after a second dose for the following groups:
CDC Johnson & Johnson booster recommendation:
Booster doses of the J&J vaccine are now recommended two or more months after the initial dose. J&J boosters are being offered at several local pharmacies.
CDC recommendations also allow people to choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some may prefer to get the same type of vaccine that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.
Several local pharmacies also provide booster doses to all ages and groups that are eligible, and many offer all three types of COVID-19 vaccines. Find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by texting your zip code to 438829.
Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is available from: