LLCHD reports 19 COVID deaths in September; monthly number of deaths decreasing


LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln-Lancaster County Health officials updated the community on the City’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The LLCHD COVID-19 Risk Dial remains at High Risk (Orange).

Orange indicates that the risk of the virus spreading and the impact on our community is high. On the color-coded dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest risk.

Health Director Pat Lopez said local conditions are steadily improving. “COVID-19 cases have dropped each of the last four weeks – and this includes cases in school-age children across Lancaster County,” Lopez said. “However, our positivity rate remains high – at just under 10% for the third straight week – and our hospitals providing care to our relatives, friends, and neighbors are still very stressed. It’s clear our efforts are making a positive impact, but we’re not there yet and need to continue to work together to keep our numbers moving in the right direction.”

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

Nineteen local residents died from COVID-19 in September compared to 27 in August. Fourteen of the 19 were unvaccinated. Nine of those who died in September were under the age of 60, and all nine individuals were unvaccinated. Since March of this year, 67 residents have died from COVID-19, and 54, or 81%, were unvaccinated.

The number of Lancaster County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped, but the number from outside the county has increased, so the seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations has stayed steady for the past month. Today, 107 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized locally, with 22 on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases decreased from a high of 135 cases on September 1 to 80 cases toward the end of last week, a drop of about 40%.

The community positivity rate has been at about 10% for three consecutive weeks.

Lancaster County continues to have the highest vaccination rate in the state, with 74% of residents ages 16 and over fully vaccinated. For all 319,000 County residents, almost 60% are fully vaccinated. Some of those who are still unvaccinated are not yet eligible like children under 12, but there are still about 66,000 residents who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine but have not yet received it.

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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