Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 374 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 11,120. The number of deaths in the community remains at 50.
Health Director Pat Lopez said this is an all-time high for the number of daily cases reported. "It's important to recognize that there has never been a greater risk of the virus spreading in our community," Lopez said. "Our residents must all take the steps to slow this virus to protect ourselves, our families and our health system."
On Friday, the COVID-19 Risk Dial was moved to red for the first time. The red dial position indicates a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data.
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.
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.