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April 13, 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 COVID-19 Cases Reported Monday in Lincoln

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 56.

Today's cases include one woman in her 20s and three men, two in their 50s and one in his 40s. Of the seven cases reported today and over the weekend, five are known to be community spread. LLCHD continues to investigate the new cases. The total number of community spread cases is now 37.

LLCHD is now monitoring 75 individuals. Lancaster County reports one death, 1688 negative tests, 56 positives with 15 tests pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 816 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 17 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.

Those who have symptoms or are concerned about a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 now have access to drive-thru testing. This drive-thru service is only available by doctor's order and appointment. Access this service online through Bryan Health at or CHI Health at

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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