Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today highlighted the existing assistance and support available for residents who need help due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln at this time, she said many are facing challenges now.
"I want to assure the public that our local, state, and federal governments are working to find policy solutions to support residents in their time of need," Mayor Gaylor Baird. "The existing infrastructure and supports provided by our nonprofit network are going to be essential as we work through how to distribute resources in the coming weeks. We are grateful to the many service agencies in our community that have always supported our most vulnerable residents and who are stepping up to meet the needs of newly-vulnerable residents during this crisis."
The City website, lincoln.ne.gov, has links to community resources and information on the actions city departments are taking to address the crisis. Residents can click on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the city's home page or visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov.
Mayor Gaylor Baird said the local resources include the following:
From March 22 through May 2, the State is waiving the one-week wait time to start collecting benefits, as well as the requirement that people receiving benefits look for work. The State is also waiving charges to employers for providing benefits to their former employees. More information is available at the Department of Labor's website, dol.nebraska.gov.
For more information on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-8006.