City of Lincoln and Lancaster County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resident Resources

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Moderate Risk of COVID-19 Spread

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The dial's current week pointer is at 2 on a scale of 1-8 (1 is low risk; 8 is severe risk). The dial's previous week pointer is at 1.
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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 - Unvaccinated
Outside the Home
Get Vaccinated

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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 older adults
  • Avoid close interactions with 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wear a mask whenever in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings
Community Guidance and Recommendations - Vaccinated
Outside the Home
Physical Distancing Outside the Home
  • For an additional layer of protection, consider physical distancing of 3 to 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are okay
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Outside the Home
  • For an additional layer of protection, consider wearing a mask in indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings when unable to distance
  • 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 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 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 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 ill with COVID-like symptoms, wear a mask, stay away from others in your home, get tested and contact your 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:

  • Even if you are fully vaccinated, consider wearing a mask in indoor public settings to increase your level of protection, avoid close interactions with unvaccinated people, and consult with your health care provider about additional protective actions you should take

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