Lincoln, NE (December 21, 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 137.
The deaths included a woman in her 70s who was in a long-term care facility and a man in his 80s who was hospitalized.
LLCHD said 175 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County were reported Sunday and 25 today. Sunday’s results were delayed due to the State’s technical difficulties. Those issues continue today, and may result in an incomplete count for Monday. The total number of cases in Lancaster County is now 21,106.
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 6,108 to 6,244
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 103 with 55 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 48 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:
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.
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