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April 5, 2020
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Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Four of Lincoln's 18 COVID-19 Cases Community Acquired

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that three of the four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Lincoln Saturday are travel related and one is community acquired. The total number of cases in Lincoln remains at 18, with 14 travel related and four community acquired.

Tim Timmons, LLCHD Communicable Disease Supervisor, said the Health Department identifies close contacts of those who test positive and advises them of the need to quarantine. LLCHD advises all residents to continue to stay home as much as possible and self-monitor themselves for symptoms. Timmons said residents should assume there is risk of exposure any time they are out in a public space where other people are present.

LLCHD is now monitoring 95 individuals. Lancaster County reports 695 negative tests and 18 positives with 15 cases pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and eight 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.

The latest information on local coronavirus response is available at and LLCHD has established a hotline at 402-441-8006 for questions on COVID-19.

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