Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
COVID-19 Risk Dial Remains at Moderate Level
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced today that the COVID-19 Risk Dial at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov will remain at the mid-yellow level, indicating a moderate 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.
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.
At the yellow level, the recommendations include the following:
Consider staying at home most of the time, with caution for non-essential travel and work
Distance at least six feet from anyone outside the home
Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
Events only within guidance by the Health Department
Face coverings continued to be recommended to be used around other people
Continue to wash hands regularly, disinfect highly touched surfaces and monitor for illness
The LLCHD uses five key factors to determine the risk for spread in Lancaster County:
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the community has been declining. The number of new cases reached 250 during the week ending May 23. So far this week, the number of new cases is 122.
The overall positivity rate - the percentage of all tests that are positive - also continues to decline from a 9.3 in mid-May to 6.9 percent today. The state rate is 11.8 percent, and the national rate is at 10.9 percent.
Local testing capacity remains steady, with about 2,000 tests completed this week.
Overall, local hospital capacity remains strong. The number of COVID-19 patients in Lincoln hospitals has dropped from 41 patients June 3 to 27 patients today.
The Health Department's capacity to do contact tracing continues to exceed the current demand.
More information on COVID-19 and the City's response is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. The website includes information on how those with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested in Lincoln.