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2020 Media Releases

May 22, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093

Local Risk of COVID-19 Spread Remains High

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today updated the COVID-19 Risk Dial to show some improvement. But the color-coded Dial at remains in the orange category indicating a "high risk" of the spread of COVID-19. On the Dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest. The Dial is updated every Friday.

"We have cautiously moved the dial to the lowest orange level, and we want everyone to understand that this progress can be lost if we let down our guard," said Health Director Pat Lopez. "You might be one of those asymptomatic people in the community who doesn't know they are carrying the virus. Your personal actions impact our entire community."

The Health Department continues to use local and regional data from the past few weeks to determine how high the risk of spread of COVID-19 is in our community. Lopez provided an update on the five key factors:

For each color of risk, LLCHD provides specific recommendations for physical distancing, face covering, hand washing, illness monitoring, and disinfection. Specific guidance is included for people at risk for complications due to COVID-19. LLCHD this week added specific recommendations for businesses on how to operate safely in light of local health conditions. The recommendations have been informed by guidance from national resources, including those produced by Johns Hopkins University, the CDC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

More information on COVID-19 and the City's response is available at The website includes information on how those with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested in Lincoln.

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