City of Lincoln and Lancaster County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resident Resources

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Face Covering Requirement for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Information and frequently asked questions

Severe Risk of COVID-19 Spread

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This COVID-19 Risk Dial provides a summary of current conditions in the Lincoln-Lancaster County community. Each color incorporates federal and national guidance published by public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance.

Five key measures are used to determine the position of the Risk Dial: Case Numbers; Testing Capacity; Positivity Rate; Contact Tracing; and Hospital Capacity.

This is only guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. At-risk and vulnerable populations should take stringent precautions.

Community Guidance and Recommendations
Outside the Home
Physical Distancing Outside the Home
  • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, medical care or food
  • Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are acceptable
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Work from home if possible
  • No contact with others outside of those that live in your home
Face Masks Outside the Home
  • Always wear a face mask when outside of the home and near (within 6 feet) others in all situations indoors and outdoors
Hand Washing Outside the Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surface sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
Illness Monitoring Outside the Home
  • If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, stay at home, get tested, even for essential personnel
  • Avoid any contact with symptomatic people
  • Daily temperature checks at work
Disinfecting Outside the Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barrier such as paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
At Home
Physical Distancing at Home
  • No gatherings with non-household members
  • If someone in your home is sick with COVID-like or Flu-like symptoms they should get tested and stay away (isolate) from other household members. Everyone in the household should wear a mask and keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance
Face Masks at Home
  • Require face masks for anyone to enter your home that is not part of your household
  • If someone in your home is sick with COVID-like or Flu-like symptoms they should get tested, everyone should wear a face mask and keep 6 feet of distance if possible
  • No face masks for people who live in home if they are not sick with COVID-like or Flu-like symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected
Hand Washing at Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
Illness Monitoring at Home
  • Daily temperature check
  • Continuously monitor for COVID-like or Flu-like symptoms
  • If symptomatic, self-isolate, get tested and stay isolated unless you get a negative test
  • If symptoms become worse contact healthcare provider
Disinfecting at Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barrier such as paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
At-Risk and
Vulnerable Populations

For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:

  • Stay home
  • Rely on help for needs outside the home (groceries, medications, etc.)
  • Distance from those working outside of the home
  • Wear a face mask around others
Celebrate Safely

Use this conversation guide when you discuss whether to get together with friends and family:

  • Has anyone experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the last two weeks or been in contact with someone who recently tested positive?
  • How can we keep our gathering small?
  • Will we meet inside or outside?
  • Is everyone comfortable wearing a mask inside and outside?
  • If outside, can guests use a bathroom inside?
  • Will kids come and can they wear masks (older than 2)?
  • How will food be shared (or not)?
  • Is there a way to stay six feet apart while serving and eating?
  • If planning to gather outdoors (safest option), what will we do if the weather is bad?
  • Are people willing and able to get tested and/or quarantine for 14 days before the gathering?
  • Are there any individuals who are considered high risk who will be in attendance?

Safe Gatherings Checklist

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  • Limit your gathering to one or two households.
  • Host the event outdoors, if possible.
  • Guests should bring their own food, drinks and place settings.
  • Masks should be available in case guests soil or forget theirs.
  • Make hand sanitizer and wipes available.
  • Arrange furniture and food before the event begins to promote distancing.
  • Keep the gathering time as brief as possible.

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