Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that seven of the 13 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Lincoln today are community acquired. Four of the new cases are related to travel. Two of the new cases are hospitalized, and LLCHD continues to investigate the source of their exposure.
Of Lincoln's 31 total lab-confirmed cases, 11 are community acquired, 18 are travel related and two are unknown at this time.
LLCHD is now monitoring 124 individuals. Lancaster County reports 1030 negative tests and 31 positives with 20 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and eight deaths.
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.