Lincoln’s Response to COVID-19

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 1:49 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and health officials updated the community on the City’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at a briefing on Tuesday.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced that 58 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 2,895. The number of deaths in the community remains at 14. Total recoveries have increased to 1,145.

The LLCHD defended its use of the Risk Dial, and said it’s important to monitor the five factors of the pandemic. This includes hospital levels, positivity rate, rolling daily average, contact tracing and testing availability. Additional information on the COVID-19 Risk Dial’s formula will be discussed at Friday’s press conference.

According to officials, since July 1, 77 percent of cases are in people younger than 40 years old. Hospitals said there was no increase in COVID-19 patients in this age group.

In Lincoln Hospitals, there are currently 17 COVID-19 patients, nine are from Lancaster County.

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