Lincoln, NE (November 4, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department today announced that five residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 50. The individuals were a woman in her 60s, two women in their 70s and two men in their 70s and 80s. Four were hospitalized and one was in a nursing home.
LLCHD reports 181 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 10,242. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 124 new cases 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 4,231 to 4,293
Overall positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 91 with 43 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 48 from other communities (three on ventilators).
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:
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:
LLCHD reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza. The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu immunization location in November.
LLCHD will provide free flu immunizations to anyone age 6 months and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: vaccine).