Monday Afternoon COVID-19 Update

Monday Afternoon COVID-19 Update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that 27 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 28,210. The total number of deaths in the community remains at 221.

Visit lincoln.ne.gov/COVID19dashboard to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: 13,748

Weekly positivity rate:

  • February 21 through 27:  22 percent
  • February 28 through March 1:  not available

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 37 with 24 from Lancaster County (three pm ventilators) and 13 from other communities (none on ventilators).

Vaccine doses administered: more than 81,400

An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov.  Those who do not have online access or who need assistance may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register.

The vaccine is not yet available for the general public.  As vaccine doses become available, those who are registered will be given an appointment to be vaccinated. Appointments for vaccinations are dependent on vaccine supply and are not related to the order in which people register. The registration is open to all County residents, but those who are in Phase1B – those age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions – are encouraged to register.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at mid-yellow, indicating a moderate risk of the virus spreading.  Recommendations include:

  • Cautious expansion of interactions with others – outdoor activities preferred
  • Continue wearing a mask and distance yourself when around others from outside of your household.
  • Attend businesses, gatherings and events only with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, and capacity limits)
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines

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. Those who experience any of these symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to are urged to be tested immediately.  The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com.

Drive-through testing is available from:

  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive.  Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge, 402-435-5300 and South West Family, 402-420-1300.
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., north parking lot of the former Sears store.  Tests are conducted from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 402-207-9377

Testing is also available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations, 7501 S. 27th St., 5901 N. 27th St. and 4333 S. 86th St. To check wait times, call 402-481-6343.

For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.