Covid-19 situation in Lincoln seems stable, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department didn’t move the risk dial

LINCOLN, Nebraska – Tuesday, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department stated that the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain at moderate yellow for another week. The yellow position on the dial represents a moderate danger of the virus spreading throughout the population. Red signifies the highest danger of COVID-19 spread on the color-coded scale, while green represents the lowest risk.

The position of the risk dial is determined by a number of indicators:

The number of reported cases continued to decline during the past week, from 280 to 200 for the week ending October 1.
Surveillance of wastewater revealed an increase in the quantity of virus particles.
The average number of hospitalizations per week grew from 31 last week to 34 today.

The Department of Health urges individuals to maintain their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes receiving the current booster. The new, updated boosters guard against the circulating variations and restore the body’s immunity to COVID-19. Even if you have received previous COVID-19 boosters, it is crucial to get the new one, especially if you are over 65 or have a compromised immune system.

The Department of Health offers updated booster vaccinations at walk-in immunization clinics. At least two months must have passed since the last booster dose or the completion of the primary series for residents aged 12 and older to be eligible for an updated booster. Online appointment scheduling is available at

Future clinics:

Tuesday, October 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Pinnacle Bank Arena
Pinnacle Bank Arena, Wednesday, 5 October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Health Department also urges individuals to adhere to the public health recommendations stated on

In addition to maintaining current on COVID-19 immunizations, the public health advise includes the following recommendations:

If you experience allergy, cold, or COVID-19-like symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or if you have been exposed to someone with the virus, you should wear a mask.
Wear a mask based on your personal taste, immunization status, and risk level.
If you experience allergy, cold, or COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, get tested or perform a self-test.
Stay at home if you are ill.
If you test positive for COVID-19, see your healthcare physician about possible treatment options or visit to locate a testing and treatment center.
Consult your healthcare physician if you continue to suffer COVID-like symptoms after a negative test result.
Those over the age of 65 and those with medical disorders associated with a higher risk for serious COVID-19 infections should consult their healthcare professionals about taking further precautions.

Free home During normal office hours, COVID-19 test kits are available in the main lobby of the LLCHD at 3131 “O” St. Also accessible at all Lincoln City Library locations are test kits. The Health Department can be notified of the findings of at-home testing conducted by residents. A brief form can be found at

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has extended the shelf life of numerous COVID-19 home tests. Visit At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests | FDA to determine if a test has a new expiration date.

Visit or contact the Health Department at 402-441-4200 for additional information on COVID-19, the vaccine, and upcoming clinic dates and locations.

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