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Date:
October 7, 2020
Media Contact:
Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health, 402-441-8364
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has Three More Deaths From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that three residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 30. The individuals included a man in his 70s who was hospitalized, a man in his 60s who was at a long-term care facility and a man in his 50s who was hospitalized with no underlying health conditions. Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends on behalf of the City.

Seventy-one lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 7,075.

Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: remain at 2,868

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 63 with 36 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 27 from other communities (six 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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