Lincoln, NE (December 2, 2020) Three more Lancaster County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 85. The individuals were a man in his 60s who was hospitalized, a man in his 90s who was hospitalized, and a woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility.
The City-County Health Department reports 298 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 17,453. Over the past 15 days, the County has averaged 270 new cases daily.
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 5,220 to 5,273
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 167 with 98 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 69 from other communities (five 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:
LLCHD wants the public to know 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.
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/vaccine.
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.