City of Lincoln and Lancaster County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation and Response

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation and Response

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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Monday, June 21, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 “O” St. – first and second doses
  • Tuesday, June 22, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, 2121 N. 27th St. – first and second doses
  • Wednesday, June 23, Havelock Social Hall, 4538 N. 62nd St. – first and second doses; City Impact, 1035 N. 33rd St. – first and second doses
  • Thursday, June 24, Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St., Hickman – first and second doses
  • Friday, June 25, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department – first and second doses
  • Saturday, June 26, F Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” St. – first and second doses
  • Monday, June 28, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department – first and second doses
  • Tuesday, June 29, F Street Recreation Center – first and second doses
  • Wednesday, June 30, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 375 Lincoln St., Malcolm – first and second doses; Cristo Rey Church, 4221 “J” St. – first and second doses
  • Friday, July 2, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department – first and second doses

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Low Risk of COVID-19 Spread

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This COVID-19 Risk Dial provides a summary of current conditions in the Lincoln-Lancaster County community. Each color incorporates federal and national guidance published by public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance.

The Risk Dial was developed to help communicate the risk of spread and impact of COVID-19 in the community. Since its inception in May 2020, five primary metrics were used based on local data: Positivity Rate, Cases, Testing, Contact Tracing, and Health Care System Capacity. Two additional metrics were recently added - Vaccination Rate and Death Rate. Data on these two metrics were not available during development of the risk dial, but now we better understand local risk for COVID deaths and can track the progress of vaccinations.

This is only guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. At-risk and vulnerable populations should take stringent precautions.

Community Guidance and Recommendations - Vaccinated
Outside the Home
Physical Distancing Vaccinated - Outside the Home
Face Masks Vaccinated - Outside the Home
  • No face masks necessary, unless required by law, business policy, or in a medical setting
  • Wear a face mask if symptomatic
Hand Washing Vaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
Illness Monitoring Vaccinated - Outside the Home
  • If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay at home, and contact your health care provider
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
Disinfecting Vaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Increased awareness of germ transmission through high contact surfaces
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barrier such as paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Normal disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (handles, switches, etc.)
At Home
Physical Distancing Vaccinated - at Home
  • No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
Face Coverings Vaccinated - at Home
  • No face masks for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
  • Face masks for symptomatic people
Hand Washing Vaccinated - at Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
Illness Monitoring Vaccinated - at Home
  • Be aware COVID-like symptoms
  • If ill with COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, stay away from others in your home, get tested and contact health care provider
Disinfecting Vaccinated - at Home
  • Increased awareness of germ transmission through high contact surfaces
  • Normal disinfection practices, with consideration for high contact surfaces (handles, switches, etc.)
At-Risk and
Vulnerable Populations

For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:

  • Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should consult with your health care provider about additional protective actions you should take
Community Guidance and Recommendations - Unvaccinated
Outside the Home
Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated as soon as possible   Vaccine Information

Physical Distancing Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are okay
  • Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
  • Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Wear a face mask in indoor settings when unable to distance
  • Wear a face mask if symptomatic
Hand Washing Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
Illness Monitoring Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay at home, and contact health care provider
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
Disinfecting Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barriers such as a paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
At Home
Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated as soon as possible   Vaccine Information

Physical Distancing Unvaccinated - at Home
  • No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
  • Outdoor activities with distancing
Face Coverings Unvaccinated - at Home
  • No face mask for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
  • Face masks for symptomatic people
Hand Washing Unvaccinated - at Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
Illness Monitoring Unvaccinated - at Home
  • Be aware of COVID-like symptoms
  • If ill with COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay away from others, and contact health care provider
Disinfecting Unvaccinated - at Home
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
Unvaccinated At-Risk and
Vulnerable Populations

For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:

  • Consult with your health care provider about vaccination and other protective actions you should take
  • Stay home as much as possible, rely on help for needs outside the home, distance from those working outside of the home
COVID-19 Variants

Viruses constantly change and a variant is a new form of a virus. Several COVID-19 variants have been found in the United States. These variants have been identified in Nebraska through special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory.

Total number of variants in Lancaster County: 184

  • B.1.427/B.1.429 – first identified in California, 21 cases
  • B.1.1.7 – first identified in the U.K., 144 cases
  • B.1.1.318 – first identified in the U.K., 1 case
  • B.1.351 – first identified in South Africa, 7 cases
  • B.1.617 – first identified in India, 9 cases
  • P.1 – first identified in Brazil, 2 cases

Variants can spread more easily and quickly and they can lead to more cases of COVID-19. It’s critical to continue to take preventive actions to control the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our community, which includes getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you.

Data so far suggests the current vaccines should still provide protection against variants, although research is ongoing. Health officials strongly encourage residents to take these preventive actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Watch your distance and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid crowded places, close contact and confined spaces.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine is available to you.

To learn more about variants, visit Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 - CDC.

Free Drive-Through Testing

The CDC has expanded the list of symptoms for COVID-19 to include these:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Repeated muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Those who experience any of these symptoms are urged to access drive-through testing offered by CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Test Nebraska, or visit a Bryan Urgent Care location.

Residents begin the testing process with a free online risk assessment available at CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com.

Testing is also available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations. To check wait times, call 402-481-6343.

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites. Only those with an order and referral from CHI Health St. Elizabeth or Test Nebraska or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites. Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

If you currently have no symptoms, you do not need to contact your health care provider or use the online screening tool at this time. However, please keep your essential medical appointments, and if you have a true emergency, call 911 for assistance.


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