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April 15, 2020
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Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Both COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday Confirmed to Be Community Acquired

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 59.

Today's cases are two men in their 20s and 60s. Both are self-isolating, and close contacts are self-quarantined. Both cases were found to be community acquired. Yesterday, it was reported that the total number of community-acquired cases was 40, but that was later corrected to 39. Today's two new community acquired cases bring the total to 41.

LLCHD is now monitoring 63 individuals. Lancaster County reports one death, 1845 negative tests, and 59 positives, with 12 tests pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 911 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 20 deaths.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Those who experience these symptoms are urged to access free drive-through testing offered by Bryan Health and CHI Health St. Elizabeth. Residents begin this process with a free online risk assessment available at and

If testing is recommended, individuals will be given an order and referred to one of the testing sites. Only those with an order and referral from Bryan Health or CHI Health St. Elizabeth, or an order from their doctor are permitted at the drive-through sites. Those who need assistance may contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

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

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