Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced officials are investigating the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lancaster County.
The new case is a male in his 50s who was confirmed positive this afternoon. The Health Department, is investigating his travel history and close contacts. More information will be released as it becomes available.
LLCHD Interim Health Director Pat Lopez said an Ameritas employee who was reported this afternoon to be positive for COVID-19 is a separate individual and is not yet lab-confirmed.
Ameritas in Lincoln closed its headquarters on Tuesday.
Below is part of the release from the company:
“Ameritas today its headquarters in Lincoln and directed associates not already working remotely to stop reporting to the 5900 O Street office until further notice after learning an associate was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The headquarters will undergo deep cleaning and will remain closed for now. Ameritas will notify co-workers who may have had close contact with the individual, and they will be asked to self-monitor and follow recommendations provided by health authorities. No other Lincoln associates have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 at this time.
Ameritas employs more than 2,400 associates nationwide, of which 822 work in the headquarters. Most Ameritas associates across the country started working remotely on March 16. Fewer than 250 associates have been working in the headquarters since that date. The associate who was diagnosed was in the headquarters from March 11 to March 18, when the individual began displaying symptoms and went home. Ameritas was informed of the diagnosis today.”
The City’s first confirmed case was reported March 20 and is a 48-year-old Lincoln man who had traveled to Colorado. The second case confirmed the next day is one of his family members.
The most recent confirmed case is not related to the first two.
LLCHD is now monitoring 188 individuals and reports 146 negative tests and 3 positive with two cases pending. Nebraska now has 1,304 negative tests and 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“The Health Department continues to work with our Lincoln health care network and community partners to ensure that the latest and most accurate information is being shared with the public,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “This information will guide our community’s response and our decisions on how to best minimize transmission of the disease to protect our residents.”
The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The briefing will be aired live on LNKTV, the City government access channel. The briefings may also be viewed on Allo channels 2 and 3, Spectrum channels 1300 and 1301, and Kinetic channel 1005 and 1010. The briefings will also be streamed at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LNKTV) and available at YouTube.com/LNKTVcity.