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Date:
October 5, 2020
Media Contact:
Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health, 402-441-8364
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has Two More Deaths From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 26. The individuals were men in their 40s and 70s who were hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends on behalf of the City.

Forty-nine lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 6,925.

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 2,726 to 2,803

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 61 with 36 from Lancaster County (seven on ventilators) and 25 from other communities (four on ventilators).

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. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.

The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com. Drive through test sites include:

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.


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