Lincoln, NE (December 8, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that five more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 103. Four individuals were in a long-term care facilities – two women in their 90s, a woman in her 80s, and a man in his 70s. One woman in her 70s had been hospitalized.
LLCHD reports 203 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 19,203. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 278 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 5,492 to 5,536
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 133 with 82 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 51 from other communities (nine 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:
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.