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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Face Covering Requirement for Lincoln and Lancaster County

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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration and Scheduling

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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Monday, November 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St. – first and second doses for children ages 5 to 11; 4 to 7 p.m., Lincoln High School, 2229 “J” St., first and second doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Tuesday, November 30, 4 to 7 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Wednesday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses, Pfizer and Moderna booster doses; 4 to 7 p.m., Waverly Community Foundation, 11120 N. 141st St. – first doses and second doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Friday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses, Pfizer and Moderna booster doses; 4 to 7 p.m. Norris High School gymnasium, 25211 S. 68th St., Firth – first and second doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Northeast High School gymnasium, 2635 N. 63rd St. – first and second doses for children ages 5 to 11

Vaccination clinics for children age 5 to 11 are by appointment only. Those who have already registered their children will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Check availability and schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

High Risk of COVID-19 Spread

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The dial's current week pointer is at mid-orange, or 6 on a scale of 1-8 (1 is low risk; 8 is severe risk). The dial's previous week pointer is also at 6.
Severe High Moderate Low

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 - 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, both indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are okay
  • Avoid close interactions with:
    • unvaccinated people
    • older adults
    • anyone with underlying health conditions, especially persons who may be immunocompromised
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Wear a face mask in indoor settings
  • Wear a face mask in crowded outdoor settings
  • 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 experiencing Allergy, Cold, Flu or COVID symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay at home, and contact a health care provider
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
Disinfecting Unvaccinated - Outside the Home
  • Increased awareness of germ transmission through high contact surfaces
  • 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 (handles, switches, etc.)
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
    • are an older adult
    • have underlying health conditions
    • are immunocompromised
  • Outdoor activities with distancing
Face Masks Unvaccinated - at Home
  • Wear a mask when near:
    • people with symptoms
    • unvaccinated people
    • older adults
    • people with underlying health conditions
    • people who are immunocompromised
  • No face mask for people without symptoms, unless 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 experiencing Allergy, Cold, Flu or COVID symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay away from others, and contact a health care provider
Disinfecting Unvaccinated - at Home
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (handles, switches, etc.)
  • Increased awareness of germ transmission through high contact surfaces
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
  • Wear a mask whenever in indoor settings
  • Avoid both indoor and outdoor crowded settings
  • Avoid close interactions with unvaccinated people
Community Guidance and Recommendations - Vaccinated
Outside the Home
Physical Distancing Outside the Home
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are okay
  • Avoid close interactions with unvaccinated people
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Outside the Home
  • Wear a face mask in indoor settings
  • Wear a face mask in crowded outdoor settings
  • Wear a face mask if symptomatic
Hand Washing 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 Outside the Home
  • If experiencing Allergy, Cold, Flu or COVID symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay at home, and contact a health care provider
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
Disinfecting Outside the Home
  • Increased awareness of germ transmission through high contact surfaces
  • 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
  • Normal disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (handles, switches, etc.)
At Home
Physical Distancing at Home
  • No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
Face Coverings at Home
  • No face masks for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
  • Face masks for symptomatic people
Hand Washing 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 at Home
  • Be aware of COVID-like symptoms
  • If experiencing Allergy, Cold, Flu or COVID symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay away from others, and contact a health care provider
Disinfecting at Home
  • Increased awareness of germ transmissionthrough 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:

  • Wear a mask whenever in indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings to increase your level of protection
  • Avoid close interactions with unvaccinated people
  • Consult with your health care provider about additional protective actions you should take
COVID-19 Variants

Viruses constantly change and a variant is a new form of a virus. COVID-19 variants have been found in the United States and several have been identified in Nebraska. The delta variant is now the most frequently identified variant in both Nebraska and Lancaster County. Science shows the delta variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants and it’s more likely to cause severe disease, particularly in those who are unvaccinated. Health officials urge residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. Vaccination continues to be the best defense against the delta variant and helps prevent severe illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in our community. If you are unvaccinated, continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

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

What you need to know about Ivermectin
  • The Food and Drug Administration has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.
  • Ivermectin has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat COVID-19.
  • Taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous.
  • Seek immediate medical attention or call the poison control center hotline (1-800-222-1222) for advice if you have taken ivermectin or a product that contains ivermectin and are having symptoms. Signs and symptoms include: gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea), headache, blurred vision, dizziness, fast heart rate, and low blood pressure. Other severe nervous system effects have been reported, including tremors, seizures, hallucinations, confusion, loss of coordination and balance, decreased alertness, and coma.
  • Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous.

Additional resources:

COVID-19 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

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


Bryan Health: Testing is available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations: 7501 S. 27th St., 5901 N. 27th St., and 4333 S. 86th St.


CHI Health: Walk-in testing is available at three priority care locations: Antelope Creek, 2510 S. 40th St., Suite 100; Southwest, 1240 Aries Drive; and Stevens Creek, 1601 N. 86th St.

For drive up testing, virtual quick care is available 24/7 at CHIHealth.com to chat with a provider and schedule a testing appointment.


Nomi Health: Drive-thru testing is now open at Gateway Mall Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not required, but people are encouraged to preregister by visiting testing.nomihealth.com/signup/ne.


Local pharmacies including CVS, HyVee and Walgreens and other health care provider offices and urgent care clinics also offer testing. Those uninsured or underinsured can call the LLCHD COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 to be connected to testing resources.

Local Directed Health Measure in effect through
December 23, 2021

Lincoln-Lancaster County Directed Health Measure

Those with questions about the Directed Health Measure should contact LLCHD at 402-441-6280.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) has issued a new local Directed Health Measure (DHM). The DHM requires all owners and operators of any building, business, or premises other than a residence to require all individuals to wear a face mask while indoors. Everyone two years of age and older must wear a mask in these indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status.

The DHM, which includes the mask mandate, is in effect through December 23.

The DHM includes exceptions. Masks are not required for the following:

  • Individuals eating or drinking or seated to eat or drink
  • Those exercising
  • Those engaged in an occupation that prevents the wearing of a mask
  • Those obtaining a service or purchasing goods or services that requires the temporary removal of the mask
  • A person giving a speech, lecture, or broadcast to an audience as long as six feet of distance from other individuals is maintained
  • Those individuals who cannot otherwise wear a mask because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of masks
  • Courts of law; meetings or sessions of the Nebraska Legislature; individuals accessing federal or state government services; congregate living settings; group homes and residential drug and/or mental health treatment facilities; or shelters

An educational approach will be used to gain compliance. LLCHD will evaluate complaints and determine the best way to provide education to individuals, businesses and organizations that are noncompliant. Education will be first before pursuing enforcement. When necessary, enforcement will generally focus on businesses or individuals that, despite attempts to educate, continue to violate the DHM. Both LLCHD and law enforcement may enforce the DHM.

  • Complaints regarding compliance can be uploaded through UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov.
  • Businesses with questions can call 402-441-6280.
  • Do not call 911 to report noncompliance with the mask mandate.