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May 29, 2020
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Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093

COVID-19 Risk Dial Unchanged as Local Risk of Virus Spread Remains High

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

"As restrictions ease on June 1, we need our residents to remember that they are at risk of contracting the virus any time they are out in the community and around others," said Pat Lopez, Interim Health Director. "Any one of us can be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus and unknowingly spread the disease, so it's important that we all continue to stay home as much as possible, stay at least six feet from others, wash our hands frequently, and wear face coverings."

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 and for businesses. 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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