Lincoln officials encourage those 16 and up to get the vaccine

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 1:33 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.

Lincoln officials encouraged those 16 and up to get the vaccine, especially students.

“Vaccinating our youth, so they can protect themselves, protect each other and protect the rest of the community is really, really important,” said Dr. Sian Jones-Jobst, Complete Children’s Health.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced that the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain in low-yellow for a second consecutive week. The yellow level indicates that the risk of the virus spreading and the impact on our community are 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 number of new weekly cases increased from 264 the week ending April 17 to 301 the week ending April 24, but the overall trend is encouraging. The number of new weekly cases has steadily declined since early February.
  • The community positivity rate increased from 6.3 percent the week ending April 17 to 7.3 percent the week ending April 24.
  • The seven-day rolling average of total COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally increased from about 26 the week ending April 10 to about 34 the week ending April 24. But the number of Lancaster County patients declined from about 22 the week ending April 10 to about 20 the week ending April 24.
  • No local COVID-19 deaths have been reported since April 19.
  • About 46% of the local population age 16 and over is fully vaccinated.

The LLCHD announced that 37 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 30,816. The total number of deaths in the community remains at 232.

Recoveries: 27,836

Weekly positivity rate:

  • April 18 through 24:  7.3 percent
  • April 25 through 30:  no data

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 34 with 20 from Lancaster County (one on a ventilator) and 14 from other communities (two on ventilators).

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  161,157
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  113,848

This week’s large-scale clinics (subject to change):

  • Wednesday, April 28, Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-through clinic at the garages of the former Sears store
  • Thursday, April 29, Pinnacle Bank Arena – second doses
  • Saturday, May 1, CHI St. Elizabeth – first doses; Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-through clinic at the garages of the former Sears store
  • The health department continues to work with local high schools and will offer clinics for students and their families/guardians at Lincoln high schools this week.

Registration:  Residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, and appointments are available for this week.  Residents can complete the quick and simple registration process and then schedule an appointment to get vaccinated at Residents who are already in the registration system will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Those who do not have online access or who need assistance with registration or scheduling may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or

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

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

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