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

Effective January 15 through February 11, 2022

Information and frequently asked questions

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Get vaccinated or a booster dose now.

Safe and effective vaccines are approved for everyone age 5 and above. Boosters are approved for everyone age 16 and above.

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration and Scheduling

Sign up and schedule your appointment

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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Friday, January 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St.
  • Monday, January 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD
  • Tuesday, February 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD; 3:15 to 6 p.m., Saratoga Elementary School, 2215 S. 13th St.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., LLCHD
  • Thursday, February 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., LLCHD
  • Friday, February 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., LLCHD

All clinics will offer first and second doses for age 5 and older, Pfizer booster doses for age 12 and older, and Moderna booster doses for age 18 and older.

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

Severe 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
Outside the Home
Vaccine Information
  • If not vaccinated, get vaccinated now
  • If vaccinated, get your booster
Physical Distancing Outside the Home
  • Only go out to work, school, buy food, or get medical care or vaccinations.
  • Avoid close contact with others from outside your home
  • Distance at least 6 feet from others
  • Avoid crowds - do not attend large gatherings or events
  • Outdoor activities with distancing
  • 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 surface 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 health care provider
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
Disinfecting Outside the Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (handles, switches, etc.)
At Home
Vaccine Information
  • If not vaccinated, get vaccinated now
  • If vaccinated, get your booster
Physical Distancing at Home
  • No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine
  • Outdoor activities with distancing
Face Masks at Home
  • No face mask for people without symptoms, unless 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 ill with COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, get tested, stay away from others, and contact health care provider
Disinfecting at Home
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially 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:

  • 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
Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

If you’ve tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and isolate.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you may need to quarantine.

COVID-19 Variants

Omicron – The omicron variant began spreading in Lancaster County in late December 2021. Omicron details include:

  • Omicron cases increase more rapidly than earlier forms of the virus.
  • Those who are vaccinated will need a booster dose to protect themselves and others from omicron.
  • Those who are unvaccinated are at greater risk of contracting the omicron variant.
  • Those who have previously had COVID-19 do not have a natural immunity that prevents them from being infected with omicron.

Delta – The delta variant continues to spread at high levels in Lancaster County and impacts the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Coronavirus samples are regularly sent to the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory for variant testing. For more information 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:

Local Directed Health Measure in effect
January 15 through February 11, 2022

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 2 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, goes into effect January 15 and continues through February 11.

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

  • Children under two years of age
  • If you are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals at all times or are not in the same room or workspace of any other individual
  • Individuals eating or drinking or seated to eat or drink
  • Those engaged in exercise
  • 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 during the service, purchase or activity
  • 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; state or federal operations; 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.

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: All rapid COVID-19 testing will be done at Bryan’s NorthPointe Urgent Care location at 5901 N. 27th St. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by visiting bryanhealth.org/covid-testing.

PCR testing continues to be available at Bryan’s two other urgent care locations – Lifepointe, 7501 S. 27th St. and Southeast, 4333 S. 86th St. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by visiting bryanurgentcare.org.


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 available at Gateway Mall. Appointments are required. Register at testing.nomihealth.com/signup/ne.


LLCHD/TotalWellness: Drive-thru testing is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1918 “O” St. Appointments are required. Visit totalwellnesshealth.com/lincoln to schedule an appointment.


Local pharmacies including CVS, HyVee and Walgreens, 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.


At-home tests: Every household in the U.S. is eligible to receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Visit covidtests.gov to place an order.