COVID-19 risk dial remains yellow

LINCOLN, Nebraska (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and health officials updated the community on the city’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a briefing 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 her 70s in a long-term care facility. The total death toll in Lancaster County is now 219. On behalf of the city, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird expresses his condolences to his family and friends.

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

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

Recoveries: 12,998

Weekly positivity rate:

February 14 to 20: 24.1 percent

February 21-23: not available

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

Vaccine dose administered: 70,926

An online COVID-19 vaccine registration form for Lancaster County residents is available at Those who don’t have online access or need help can call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays to register.

The COVID-19 risk dial remains at 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 spreading COVID-19 and green represents the lowest risk. The dial is updated every Tuesday.

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

  • The seven-day moving average of new daily cases dropped from 85 cases on February 1 to 46 on February 20. Since February 8, the average has stabilized, 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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