Lincoln, Nebraska – The number of new Covid-19 cases, active cases, hospitalizations and deaths has been declining in the last weeks in the Lincoln area and we can definitely say that the situation with the virus is slowly stabilizing in the area.
Following the improving trend recently, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced on Wednesday that the Covid-risk level has dropped to low orange on the color-coded dial which represents the current virus spread level and threat to the community.
This is nothing but a huge improvement when it comes to the pandemic, since the low orange level is the lowest since November 9 last year when Lincoln area had the same level for the last time until now.
Although the recent trend is encouraging for both the Lincoln residents and the local health officials, the risk of the virus spreading in the community remains high.
One the four-color dial, green is the lowest level of threat, while red is the highest and most dangerous level.
“We’re on the right track and continue to see significant improvement. The pandemic is not over, but each week we’re making progress and getting our community to a better place,” said Pat Lopez, Health Director.
The dial is updated weekly which means that it usually represents the most current data.
The position of the Risk Dial is based on multiple local indicators and information from the previous three weeks:
- The weekly number of new COVID-19 cases has now declined for five consecutive weeks from nearly 5,000 the week ending January 15, to 432 cases the week ending February 19.
- The weekly average of COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally has dropped from 141 on February 1 to 61. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally today is 60, with 42 from Lancaster County.
- The positivity rate has also dropped significantly from a high of 30.7% the week ending January 22 to 8.1% this past week.
- 28 Lancaster County residents have died from COVID-19 so far in February.
The current mask requirement will remain in place until Friday when it’s set to expire. However, the local health officials encourage locals to continue wear masks while indoors in an effort to improve safety and stay protected against getting infected with Covid-19. In addition to wearing masks, Lincoln area residents are encouraged to follow the well-known pandemic measures.
When it comes to vaccination, more than 66% of all Lancaster County residents are fully vaccinated, and about 60% percent of residents ages 12 and up have now received a booster or third dose. The vaccination process is going as expected and everyone aged 5 or more is currently eligible for vaccination.
The latest public health guidance and vaccine information is available at covid19.lincoln.ne.gov or by calling the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.