COVID-19 Risk Dial remains in yellow

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 1:33 PM CST
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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 two more residents have died from COVID-19. The deaths were a woman in her 50s who was hospitalized and a man in his 70s in a long-term care facility. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 219. On behalf of the City, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.

LLCHD reports 40 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 27,932.

Visit to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information:

Recoveries: 12,998

Weekly positivity rate:

February 14 through 20: 24.1 percent

February 21 through 23: not available

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 35 with 25 from Lancaster County and 10 from other communities (none on ventilators).

Vaccine doses administered: 70,926

An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is available at 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 COVID-19 Risk Dial remains in the moderate-risk level (yellow).

The yellow position on the dial means that the risk of the virus spreading in the community is moderate. On the color-coded dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest risk. The dial is updated every Tuesday.

The position of the Risk Dial is based on multiple local indicators and information from the previous three weeks.

  • The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases dropped from 85 cases on February 1 to 46 on February 20. Since February 8, the average has leveled off, fluctuating between 46 and 49 cases. The number of new weekly cases has been below 500 for three consecutive weeks. For the week ending February 20, the number of new cases was 325.
  • The positivity rate has increased from 17.8 percent the week ending February 13 to 24.1 percent the week ending February 20.
  • Since February 11, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally has fluctuated between 27 and 35.

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