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Date:
October 12, 2020
Media Contact:
Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health, 402-441-8364
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has 32nd Death From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that another resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 32. The individual was a woman in her 50s who was hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to her family and friends on behalf of the City.

LLCHD reports 53 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 7,534.

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 3,228 to 3,271

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 55 with 29 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 26 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 "Elevated 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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