Lincoln, NE (November 9, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department today announced that another resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 51. The individual was a man in his 50s who was hospitalized.
The Health Department also reports 201 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 11,321. Over the past 15 days, the City and County have averaged 167 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 4,396 to 4,460
Overall positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 95 with 40 from Lancaster County (one on a ventilator) and 55 from other communities (seven on ventilators).
The COVID-19 Risk Dial is now in the red position. The red dial position indicates 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:
LLCHD also says 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.
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