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Two additional COVID-19 deaths reported in Lancaster County – KOLN

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Dec 5, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and health officials updated the community on the City’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at a briefing on Friday.

The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department reported 418 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County, bringing the community total to 18,101. Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 92.

The individuals were a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and a man in his 80s who was in a long-term care facility. O

The LLCHD kept the Lancaster County COVID-19 Risk Dial at severe risk (Red).

State officials reported that, if approved, a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine doses could be allocated to the state as soon as the week of Dec. 13.

New quarantining options were noted at the press conference. Officials said without testing quarantine can end after 10 days if no symptoms have developed. With testing, quarantine can end after seven days if tests results are negative and no symptoms have developed. For both options, persons should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and use preventive measures like wearing a mask for 14 days.

State officials said that the three-week postponement on youth sports will end on Monday, Dec. 7.

You can watch the press conference live in the video player above.

“While young people do appear to be less likely to suffer severe complications from the virus, our greatest concern is that young people can pass the virus on to people who are at greater risk,” said Health Director Pat Lopez. “We have seen this kind of spread associated with sports and our community in Nebraska and other states.”

Starting Monday, those who operate, coach or supervise K-12 extraarticular group activities, as well as facilities who host these activities, are now required to submit an extracurricular activity plan to the Health Department.

The plan must include the following:

  • Specific actions to reduce the risk of the spread, including illness monitoring, exclusion, masking and physical distancing. As well as plans for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Plans to communicate the COVID-19 process and procedures to all involved.
  • Strategies to ensure that everyone wears masks and that physical distancing is maintained during practicing and rehearsals.
  • Information on how seating will be managed to comply with DHM requirements.
  • How attendance records will be maintained.
  • How individuals will be notified in case of COVID-19 exposure.

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