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March 26, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Prevent Spread of Coronavirus and Help Others in Community

The City today issued three key reminders for the public as officials respond to the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

Directed Health Measures (DHM) - Directed Health Measures 2020‑01 (PDF)

The Directed Health Measures issued yesterday by Interim Health Director Pat Lopez of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) apply to both the City and the County.

The measures state that these gatherings are prohibited:

The staff of a business is excluded from the 10-person limit, which only applies to customers, patrons, and other invitees.

Food and beverage sales at any dine-in establishments including restaurants, bars, taverns, and private clubs are restricted to drive-thru, carry out, and delivery only.

The measures and a list of what is and is not allowed are available at

"It is extremely important that County residents take these measures seriously," said County Board Chair Sean Flowerday. "We know these are difficult steps, but we need to heed the advice of our health professionals to stay healthy and to protect others."

Call Health Department for DHM questions:

For questions on the Directed Health Measures, call LLCHD at 402-441-6280.

Report suspected violations of the DHM to UPLNK, either through the phone app or online at The initial response to any complaint will be handled by LLCHD.

Do not call 911 or the non-emergency numbers of the Police Department or Sheriff's office for DHM questions or suspected violations.

What you can do:

The website at includes a "how to help" page. One of the efforts is the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund to assist nonprofits that serve vulnerable individuals in the community. The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) reports that the Fund total as of March 26 is $652,845 including $500,000 from the Strategic Partners.

"During this difficult time, this outpouring of generosity from our community shines as a ray of hope," said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. "Thank you to all who have contributed to provide our most vulnerable residents with access to vital resources."

Individuals, institutions, companies, and other funders are encouraged to contribute to the Fund at

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