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Date:
October 23, 2020
Media Contact:
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Health Director, 402-441-8000
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Lancaster County COVID-19 Update for October 23

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 142 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 8,668. The number of deaths in the community remains at 42.

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 3,750 to 3,797

Overall positivity rate:

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 61 with 32 from Lancaster County (four 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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