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Date:
October 21, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Health Director, 402-441-8000
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lincoln Has Two More Deaths From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 41. The individuals were women in their 80s and 40s who were both hospitalized. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.

LLCHD reports 106 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 8,445.

Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: up from 3,665 to 3,723

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 57 with 28 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 29 from other communities (three on ventilators).

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 BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com. Drive through test sites include:

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at "Elevated 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 COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.


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