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2020 Media Releases

September 9, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Health Director, 402-441-8093
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has 21st Death From COVID-19

Test results delayed over at least the past four days due to technical difficulties are being reported today. Today's report is not a spike in cases or a record high number of cases in a day. Many of these new cases would have been spread out and reported over the past four days.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is still experiencing technical difficulties reporting lab test results. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will continue to report test results as they are received from the State.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that a 21st resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln. The individual was a woman in her 50s who was hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expressed condolences to her family and friends on behalf of the City.

One hundred and fifty-eight lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 4,700. Ninety-two cases, or 58.2 percent of the 158 cases are in the 18 to 22 year-old age group.

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

Recoveries: remain at 2,023

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 32 with nine from Lancaster County (one on ventilator) and 23 from other communities (one on ventilator).

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. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.

The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or Drive through test sites include:

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at "Orange," indicating a high 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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