Lincoln, NE (December 22, 2020) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that four more residents have died from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 141.
The deaths included a man in his 60s and two women in their 70s and 80s who were in long-term care facilities, and a man in his 90s who was hospitalized.
LLCHD reports 189 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 21,295. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 157 new cases each day.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOURCES:
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 6,244 to 6,307
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 90 with 53 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 37 from other communities (four 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: