Lincoln, NE (December 15, 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 121.
The deaths included a woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility and a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized.
The Health department reported 81 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 20,124. Over the past 15 days, Lancaster County has averaged 224 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 5,788 to 5,879
Weekly positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 118 with 72 from Lancaster County (three on ventilators) and 46 from other communities (11 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:
Public Urged To Follow Precautions Until Vaccine Available