One COVID-19 Death, 81 New Cases Thursday In Lancaster County

One COVID-19 Death, 81 New Cases Thursday In Lancaster County

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Thursday announced that a resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 42.  The individual was a man in his 70s.

There are 81 new lab confirmed cases Thursday bringing the community total to 8,526. Recoveries are up from 3,723 to 3,750.  The Lancaster County positivity rate remains at 8.9%.  The Nebraska rate is up from 10.8% to 10.9%.  The national rate remains at 7.6%.

There are 56 people hospitalized with 28 being Lancaster County residents.  Nine patients are on ventilators.

 The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or  Drive through test sites include:

  • Bryan Health: Former Graham Tire Store, northeast corner of 19th and “O” streets.
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., northwest corner of the mall.  Test Nebraska’s hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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:

  • Limit activities outside the home, unless for work, school, medical care, or food.
  • Work from home when possible.
  • Stay at least six feet from anyone outside the home.
  • Face masks should be worn by those over two years old when indoors and when unable to physical distance.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Attend small gatherings and events only with modifications such as physical distancing, face masks, etc.
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines available at