Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 13 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln, bringing the community's total to 31. The cases are individuals ranging in age from 29 to 71. LLCHD is investigating.
LLCHD is now monitoring 95 individuals. Lancaster County reports 1,030 negative tests and 31 positives with 20 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 387 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and eight deaths.
The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 3:30 p.m. TODAY, Monday, April 6. Because of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m., the briefing will air live only on LNKTV Health, the City government access health channel. The channel is available on Allo channel 3; Spectrum channel 1301; Kinetic channel 1010; YouTube.com/LNKTVhealth; Facebook.com/LNKTVhealth; and LNKTVhealth.lincoln.ne.gov.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, 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 a 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.