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Date:
March 29, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Two More Cases of COVID-19 Are Reported in Lincoln

Both new cases are travel-related

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that two more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln were reported today, bringing the community's total to six. Both new cases are related to travel.

LLCHD is now investigating these new cases:

The fourth case, reported late Friday afternoon, is a man in his 30s who had traveled to Colorado March 6 through 8. He became symptomatic March 12. LLCHD continues to investigate the case but said none of his identified contacts have symptoms at this time.

LLCHD is now monitoring 120 individuals due to their travel history or exposures. Lancaster County reports 228 negative tests and six positives with 16 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and two deaths.

The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 30. The briefing will be aired live on LNKTV, the City government access channel. The briefing will be aired live on LNKTV, the City government access channel. The briefings may also be viewed on Allo channels 2 and 3, Spectrum channels 1300 and 1301, and Kinetic channel 1005 and 1010. The briefings will also be streamed at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LNKTV) and available at YouTube.com/LNKTVcity.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Those who experience these symptoms should self-quarantine and call their health care providers for recommended follow up before visiting. If you need help accessing care, contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential.

Those prioritized for testing remain healthcare workers; public safety personnel; residents and employees of nursing homes and group homes; those attending or working at daycares; and people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions.

Those who have no symptoms do not need to contact your health provider to be tested. Do not go to urgent care, the emergency room, or a doctor's office to get a COVID-19 test. Those test kits and medical personnel must be reserved for individuals in the prioritized categories.

The latest information on local coronavirus response is available COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov and health.lincoln.ne.gov. LLCHD has established a hotline at 402-441-8006 for questions on COVID-19.


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