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April 17, 2020
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Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

COVID-19 Case Reported Friday Confirmed to Be Community Acquired

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that today's lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 was found to be community acquired. Lincoln's total number of cases is now 63. The case - a man in his 40s - is self-isolating, and his close contacts are self-quarantined.

The case that was still under investigation yesterday - a man in his 30s - was also found to be community acquired. The total of community acquired cases in Lincoln is now 45.

LLCHD is now monitoring 62 individuals. Lancaster County reports one death, 1,972 negative tests and 63 positives with 8 tests pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab. There are now 1,078 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 25 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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