LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health (LLCHD) announce that 201 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Lancaster County on Saturday, bringing the total to copper to 10,746. The death toll in the community is still 50 people.
The 90 new cases reported yesterday are part of the results. Today’s total includes cases reported at midnight last night. The total number of new cases reported for Friday and Saturday was 291.
Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access the Lancaster County COVID-19 data summary page.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, repeated tremors with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite or new smell. If you have symptoms please get tested. For now, testing is only available to all Lancaster County residents by appointment.
Testing begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com. Driving through test sites include:
- Bryan Health: The former Graham tire shop, the northeast corner of the 19th Street and “O”.
- Check out Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall. Nebraska check in time is 8:00 am to noon and 1 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.
- CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive. Call one of the two locations to make an appointment: Autumn Ridge at 402-435-5300 and South West Family at 402-420-1300.
The COVID-19 Risk Wheel is now “Red”, indicating a very serious risk of transmission. Residents should follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
- Stay home unless going to work, school, going for food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
- Work from home if possible.
- Wear a mask when contacting anyone outside of your household.
- Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside your home.
- Avoid gathering.
- Visit only properties and engage in activities that comply with public health guidelines. Instructions include masking, physical distance and power limit.
- Follow the Center for Disease Control travel guidelines at cdc.gov.
LLCHD reminds the public that influenza vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu. The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the general public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu vaccine site in November.
LLCHD will provide influenza vaccine at no cost to anyone 6 months of age and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or go to lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: vaccines).
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