Lincoln, NE (December 10, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that five more residents have died from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 115.
The deaths included a man in his 60s who was hospitalized and four who were in long-term care facilities – one woman in her 60s and two women and a man in their 80s.
LLCHD reports 271 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 19,466. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 255 new cases of the virus each 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 5,591 to 5,660
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 130 with 81 from Lancaster County (three on ventilators) and 49 from other communities (13 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:
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:
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