Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that three new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln, bringing the community's total to 55. The cases are three men, two in their 50s and one in his 40s. LLCHD is investigating.
LLCHD is now monitoring 75 individuals. Lancaster County reports one death, 1673 negative tests and 55 positives with 15 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 815 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 17 deaths.
The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 3:30 p.m. TODAY, Monday, April 13. 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.