Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that the one lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 reported today is travel-related. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Lincoln is now nine.
This new case is an individual in his 30s who traveled to Dallas March 11 through 16. He became symptomatic March 21 and self-isolated at home. He was tested for COVID-19 on March 26. His close contacts are in quarantine at their homes.
LLCHD is now monitoring 95 individuals. Lancaster County reports 396 negative tests and nine positives with 35 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and four deaths.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Those who experience these symptoms should self-quarantine and call their health care providers for recommended follow up before visiting. If you need help accessing care, contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential.
Those prioritized for testing remain healthcare workers; public safety personnel; residents and employees of nursing homes and group homes; those attending or working at daycares; and people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions.
Those who have no symptoms do not need to contact a health provider to be tested. Do not go to urgent care, the emergency room, or a doctor's office to get a COVID-19 test. Those test kits and medical personnel must be reserved for individuals in the prioritized categories.