Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 80 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 2,597. The number of deaths in the community remains at 14.
The cases reported today are the second highest single-day amount since 90 cases were reported in May. "Today's significant case load urgently reminds us all to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus," said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "Wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance, keeping six feet from others. These proven public health strategies are vital to our ability to keep businesses open, get our kids back to school, and prevent further illness and death."
Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:
Recoveries: up from 869 to 930
Overall positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 19 with 15 from Lancaster County and four from other communities.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
If you have symptoms, please get tested. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street. CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.
Test Nebraska will be in Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St. from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m., today through Saturday. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents. Testing is by appointment only. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at TestNebraska.com.
The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at "Orange," indicating a high risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.