Lincoln, NE (December 16, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 128.
The deaths included a woman in her 90s who had been hospitalized, and a man in his 70s who was in a long-term care facility.
LLCHD reports 163 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 20,477. The daily average has been declining recently. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 216 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 5,939 to 6,018
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 96 with 55 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 41 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:
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