Lincoln, NE (December 15, 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 126.
The deaths included a man in his 80s, a man and woman in their 70s, and a man in his 60s who were all hospitalized, and a woman in her 60s who was in a long-term care facility.
LLCHD reports 190 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 20,314. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 220 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 5,879 to 5,939
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 105 with 63 from Lancaster County (three on ventilators) and 42 from other communities (11 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: