Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 213 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 10,455. The number of deaths in the community remains at 50.
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 4,293 to 4,320
Overall positivity rate:
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 94 with 46 from Lancaster County (four on ventilators) and 48 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 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:
LLCHD reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza. The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu immunization location in November.
LLCHD will provide free flu immunizations to anyone age 6 months and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: vaccine).
For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.