The COVID-19 Risk Dial for Lancaster County remains in the Red, or severe risk of spread for yet another week. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 66. The individuals were a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s who had both been hospitalized.
There are 184 new lab confirmed cases today bringing the weekly total to 1,337. That number has doubled in the last three weeks. Recoveries are up from 4,835 to 4,879.
The weekly positivity rate from November 15th through the 20th is at 29.1%.
There are 169 people hospitalized in Lancaster County with 18 patients on ventilators.
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. If you have symptoms, please get tested. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.
The testing process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com, CHIHealth.com or TestNebraska.com. Drive through test sites include:
- Bryan Health: Former Graham Tire Store, northeast corner of 19th and “O” streets.
- Test Nebraska: Starting Monday, November 23, the Gateway Mall location, 6100 “O” St., will be located in the north parking lot of the former Sears store. The new location will have a climate-controlled drive-through facility able to accommodate 800 to 1000 tests per day. Test Nebraska’s hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, visit testnebraska.com or call, 402-207-9377.
- 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 at 402-435-5300 and South West Family at 402-420-1300.