Seventh Lancaster County Resident Dies, Lincoln Avoiding Outbreaks In Long-Term Care Facilities

Seventh Lancaster County Resident Dies, Lincoln Avoiding Outbreaks In Long-Term Care Facilities

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that a seventh resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln.  Twenty-one lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 910.

The county has also seen an increase in cases at area meat processing facilities.

  • Smithfield Foods in Crete grows to 285, an increase of 24
  • Smithfield Foods in Lincoln grows to 20, an increase of 3
  • Smart Chicken in Waverly grows to 15, an increase of 3

Pat Lopez, LLCHD interim director, also released data on the number of coronavirus cases in Lancaster County’s long-term care facilities.

The data shows organizations have avoided COVID-19 outbreaks unlike some others across the state and country.

President and CEO of Tabitha Health Christie Hinrichs says they are working to be the exception.

“We’re doing everything in our control to guard seniors and one another from this deadly and invisible virus.”

Lopez confirmed there have been 12 cases and three deaths across 52 facilities.

“These residents have really critical health needs in addition to their age.”

Lopez credits the work places like Tabitha Health have been doing to avoid the outbreaks.

“We’ve established really close working relationships with them and to their credit and the work we’re doing together we’ve been able to minimize the impact across the facilities,” she said.