Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced today that three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lincoln today, bringing the City's total to 42. That includes the death of a man in his 50s yesterday. LLCHD will have more information this afternoon.
LLCHD is now monitoring 110 individuals. Lancaster County reports 1,246 negative tests and 42 positives with 18 tests pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 537 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 14 deaths.
The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 3:30 p.m. TODAY, Thursday, April 9. The briefing will be aired live on LNKTV, the City government access channel. The briefing may be viewed on Allo channels 2 and 3, Spectrum channels 1300 and 1301, and Kinetic channels 1005 and 1010. The briefing will also be streamed at LNKTVcity.lincoln.ne.gov and available at YouTube.com/LNKTVcity and Facebook.com/LNKTVcity.
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.