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Lincoln city officials extend mask mandate

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health officials announced on Tuesday that the mask mandate will be...
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health officials announced on Tuesday that the mask mandate will be extended until Dec. 23.(Bill Schammert)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:13 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln-Lancaster County Health officials announced on Tuesday that the mask mandate will be extended until Dec. 23.

There are no changes to the DHM that originally took effect August 26. The DHM continues to require that all individuals ages two and older – regardless of vaccination status – wear a mask indoors.

The DHM includes exceptions. For more information on the DHM, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-6280. For general information on COVID-19, visit the website or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.

“The plan is for the mask requirement to remain in place for this month to provide an opportunity for children ages 5 to 11 to be fully vaccinated, for adults 18 years and older to receive their booster doses and for others to get vaccinated if they haven’t already,” said Health Director Pat Lopez. “Vaccination remains an essential and effective tool to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our friends and neighbors and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our hospitals and in our community. If we want to move our community forward, we need to continue to vaccinate.”

Safe and effective vaccines are now available to almost everyone. Lopez urged everyone get vaccinated whether it’s a first dose, second dose or a booster dose as soon as possible to help improve our local situation.

The LLCHD COVID-19 Risk Dial remains at high risk (Orange). The orange position on the dial means that the risk of the virus spreading and the impact on the community is high. On the color-coded dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest risk.

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

The COVID-19 Risk Dial remains at high risk (Orange).
The COVID-19 Risk Dial remains at high risk (Orange).(10/11 NOW)

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases has increased from 80 to about 130 cases a day since late-October. This is an increase of 62% in about a three week period.

The community positivity rate has increased each week since late October and was 13.6% for the week ending November 20.

The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations has been fairly level for the past three weeks at about 90 patients. Today, 100 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized locally.

Twelve COVID-19 deaths have been reported in November.

For general information on COVID-19, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.

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