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2020 Media Releases

July 1, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has Thirteenth Death From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that a 13th resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln. Twenty-three lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 1,751.

Health Director Pat Lopez said that the individual was a female in her 80s who was hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to her family and friends on behalf of the City.

Visit to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: up from 602 to 623

Overall positivity rate:

Lancaster County - up from 6.4 percent to 6.5 percent

State - up from 10.7 percent to 10.8 percent

National - remains at 9.9 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: down from 12 to nine today, with four Lancaster County residents (one on a ventilator), and five from other communities.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

If you have symptoms, please get tested. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment available at and Testing is by appointment only. Bryan Health offers drive-through testing at LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th Street. CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers drive-through testing site at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.

Test Nebraska will be in Lincoln at North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd St., until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents. Testing is by appointment only. Begin the process with a free online risk assessment at

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at "Yellow," indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:

For more information, visit or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.

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