The LLCHD reports two more deaths from COVID-19

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported two more deaths as a result of COVID-19 Tuesday. The two deaths were a man in his 30s who was hospitalized and unvaccinated, and a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized and vaccinated. That brings the total number of deaths to 316.

The LLCHD also announced that 54 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County, bringing the total community to 41,591.

Admissions for COVID-19 patients: 100 with 59 from Lancaster County (4 on fans) and 41 from other communities (11 on fans). Note: This includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but who remain hospitalized.

Risk Dial: low orange, high risk of COVID-19 spread and impact on society

Direct health measure: The current DHM is effective through November 24 and includes a mask requirement for all individuals age 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. More information about health measures and masks is available at lincoln.ne.gov/DHM and lincoln.ne.gov/mask.

Vaccinations administered:

  • Vaccinations started (first doses): 204,007
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine): 193,734

Residents aged 16 and over who are fully vaccinated: 75.2%

The Department of Health is now focusing on fully vaccinating 75% of the entire population of Lancaster County. There are nearly 319,000 county residents, nearly 61% of whom are fully vaccinated. Those who experience some of the most severe outcomes of COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Ensuring that residents have ongoing opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine remains a priority. The health department will continue to work with local partners to host clinics that are accessible, convenient and close to home.

Vaccinations: The Delta variant is circulating at high levels in Lancaster County and continues to affect the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Every person who is vaccinated creates the necessary protection for society. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) strongly encourages anyone eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccination helps prevent serious illness, saves lives and slows down further spread of the virus. Residents aged 12 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find a clinic near you at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Walk-in is welcome or book an appointment. Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at vaccines.gov or by writing their zip code to 438829.

Those who do not have online access, or who need assistance with registration or planning, can call LLCHD at 402-441-4200 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Upcoming vaccination clinics (subject to change; walk-in welcome everywhere):

  • Wednesday, November 3 at 4pm to 6pm, LLCHD, 3131 “O” St. First and second doses, Pfizer booster doses
  • Friday, November 5 at 9am to 2pm, LLCHD – first and second dose, Pfizer and Moderna booster doses

Vaccine for children from 5 to 11

On Tuesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Vaccines recommended the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11. The final step is CDC approval. Pending vaccine approval, the LLCHD has opened up vaccine registration for this age group. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Those who have signed up will be contacted to make an appointment when the vaccine is available. People who do not have online access or need help can call 402-441-4200.

Booster doser

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved booster doses for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. LLCHD currently provides booster doses to anyone who falls within the current CDC recommendations. LLCHD delivers Pfizer and Moderna booster doses at some clinics. Types of booster doses offered are listed on the clinic schedule. The LLCHD is contacting eligible Moderna and J&J vaccine recipients to schedule booster dose agreements.

Pfizer and Moderna boost CDC recommendations:

Pfizer and Moderna booster doses are currently approved six months after a second dose for the following groups:

People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care facilities

People aged 18 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes

People who work or live in an environment where they have increased exposure to COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson booster CDC recommendation:

Booster doses of the J&J vaccine are now recommended two or more months after the initial dose. J&J boosters are offered at several local pharmacies.

CDC recommendations also allow people to choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some may prefer to get the same type of vaccine that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.

Several local pharmacies also provide booster doses for all ages and eligible groups, and many offer all three types of COVID-19 vaccines. Find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by writing your zip code to 438829.

Test: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Tests are available from:

Bryan Health: Testing is available for those who have symptoms at the three Bryan Urgent Care sites, 7501 S. 27th St .; 5901 N. 27. St .; and 4333 S. 86th St. Appointments are not required.

CHI health: Walk-in testing is available at three priority care locations: Antelope Creek, 2510 S. 40th St., Suite 100; southwest, 1240 Aries Drive; and Stevens Creek, 1601 N. 86th St. For drive tests, virtual fast care is available 24/7 on CHIHealth.com to chat with a provider and schedule a test appointment.

Nomi Health: Drive-thru testing is available at Gateway Mall Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not required, but people are encouraged to pre-register by visiting testing.nomihealth.com/signup/ne.

Local pharmacies including CVS, HyVee and Walgreens, health care offices and emergency clinics also offer testing. The uninsured or underinsured can call the LLCHD COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 to connect to test resources.

For more information, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the LLCHD hotline at 402-441-8006.

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