Lincoln, NE (December 16, 2021) Lincoln had another death from Covid 19 Thursday. She was a woman in her 60’s who was hospitalized and not vaccinated. Her death was number 343 in Lancaster County. The Health Department reported 275 new cases of the virus.
Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 275
Total number of cases: 47,574
Deaths reported today: 1, a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated
Total number of deaths: 343
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients: 121 with 83 from Lancaster County (6 on ventilators) and 38 from other communities (16 on ventilators). Note: This includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.
Risk Dial: elevated orange – risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community is high and increasing
Directed Health Measure: The current DHM is effective through Thursday, December 23 and includes a mask requirement for all individuals ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. More information on the health measure and masks is available at lincoln.ne.gov/DHM and lincoln.ne.gov/mask.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is now focusing on fully vaccinating 75% of the entire population of Lancaster County. Those experiencing some of the most severe outcomes from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Ensuring that residents have ongoing opportunities to receive COVID-19 vaccine remains a priority. The Health Department will continue to work with community partners to host clinics that are accessible, convenient and close to home.
Variant update: The first cases of the omicron variant have now been identified in Nebraska. No cases of the new variant have been detected in Lancaster County. Coronavirus samples are regularly sent to the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory for variant testing. Public health officials and other partners are working to further understand this new variant and its potential impact on our state and community. LLCHD continues to urge people to get vaccinated and wear a mask – actions that help prevent spread and provide protection against COVID-19. For more information about the omicron cases in Nebraska, visit https://www.phsneb.org/news-data/press-releases/ and dhhs.ne.gov. For more information about variants, including omicron, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html.
Vaccinations: The delta variant is circulating at high levels in Lancaster County and continues to impact the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Every person vaccinated creates needed protection for the community. LLCHD strongly urges everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, saves lives, and slows further spread of the virus. Residents age 5 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Find a clinic near you at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment. Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at vaccines.gov or by texting their ZIP code to 438829.
Those who do not have online access or who need assistance with registration or scheduling may call LLCHD at 402-441-4200 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Upcoming vaccination clinics (schedule subject to change; walk-ins welcome at all locations)
Vaccine for children ages 5 to 11
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. LLCHD is partnering with school districts to host vaccination clinics for this age group at local high schools and other locations in the city and county. Parents and guardians can now complete the quick and simple registration process and schedule an appointment online at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. LLCHD is also contacting those with children already in the registration system to schedule an appointment. People who don’t have online access or need assistance can call 402-441-4200.
The CDC expanded Pfizer booster dose recommendations to include those age 16 and 17. The CDC has approved booster doses for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. LLCHD is currently providing booster doses to anyone who falls within the current CDC recommendations. Types of booster doses being offered are noted on the clinic schedule. Residents can check availability and schedule an appointment at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Those who don’t have online access or need assistance can call 402-441-4200. LLCHD is also contacting eligible vaccine recipients to schedule booster dose appointments.
CDC Pfizer booster recommendation:
Pfizer booster doses are recommended at six months after a second dose for those age 16 and older.
CDC Moderna booster recommendation:
Moderna booster doses are recommended at six months after a second dose for those age 18 and older.
CDC Johnson and Johnson booster recommendation:
Booster doses of the J&J vaccine are recommended two or more months after the initial dose for those age 18 and older. J&J boosters are being offered at several local pharmacies.
Several local pharmacies are providing booster doses and many offer all three types of COVID-19 vaccines. You can find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by texting your zip code to 438829.
CDC recommendations also allow people to choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some may prefer to get the same type of vaccine that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.
Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is available from:
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the LLCHD hotline at 402-441-8006.