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

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Face Covering Requirement for Lincoln and Lancaster County

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High 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
  • Limit activities outside the home, unless for work, school, medical care, or food
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Work from home if possible
  • Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are preferred
  • Smallest number of contacts feasible
  • Small gatherings and events only with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, etc.)
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Outside the Home
  • Face masks for anyone over 2 years old, when indoors or when physical distancing of greater than 6 feet is not possible.
Hand Washing Outside the Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, 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
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
  • Daily temperature checks at work
Disinfecting Outside the Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barriers such as a 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 distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected
  • Quarantine and testing of symptomatic persons
  • Outdoor activities with members of your household are acceptable
  • Small gatherings with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, etc.), preferably outdoors
Face Masks at Home
  • No face masks for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected
  • Face masks for symptomatic people
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
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Contact healthcare provider if sick
  • Monitor the health of anyone in your home with COVID-like symptoms
Disinfecting at Home
  • 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 as much as possible
  • 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

Basic Needs

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