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LLCHD reports one more death From COVID-19 – 1011now

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -The Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department reported another death from COVID-19 on Friday. According to LLCHD, a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized and vaccinated, died. This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 318.

LLCHD also reported 125 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 42,013.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients: 81 with 46 from Lancaster County (3 on ventilators) and 35 from other communities (11 on ventilators). Note: This includes patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but continue to be hospitalized.

Risk Dial: low orange, high risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community

Directed Health Measure: The current DHM is effective through November 24 and includes a mask requirement for all individuals ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. More information on the health measure and masks is available at lincoln.ne.gov/DHM and lincoln.ne.gov/mask.

Vaccinations administered: Completed vaccinations update is not available today. Figure shown is from November 4.

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses): 204,407
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine): 194,006
  • Residents age 16 and older who are fully vaccinated: 75.2%

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is now focusing on fully vaccinating 75% of the entire population of Lancaster County. There are nearly 319,000 county residents, with almost 61% being fully vaccinated. Those experiencing some of the most severe outcomes from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Ensuring that residents have ongoing opportunities to receive COVID-19 vaccine remains a priority. The Health Department will continue to work with community 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 impact the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Every person vaccinated creates needed protection for the community. LLCHD strongly urges everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, saves lives, and slows further spread of the virus. Residents age 12 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Find a clinic near you at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment. Residents can also find a local pharmacy offering vaccinations at vaccines.gov or by texting their ZIP code to 438829.

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

Upcoming vaccination clinics (subject to change; walk-ins welcome at all locations unless otherwise noted):

  • Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lincoln High School, 2229 “J” St. – first doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Wednesday, November 10, 4 to 7 p.m., Waverly Community Foundation, 11120 N. 141st St. – first doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Friday, November 12, 4 to 7 p.m., Norris High School gymnasium, 25211 S. 68th St., Firth – first doses for children ages 5 to 11
  • Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lincoln Northeast High School gymnasium, 2635 N. 63rd St. – first doses for children ages 5 to 11

Vaccination clinics for children ages 5 to 11 are by appointment only.

Vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. LLCHD is partnering with school districts to host vaccination clinics for this age group at local high schools and other locations in the city and county. Parents and guardians can now complete the quick and simple registration process and schedule an appointment online at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. LLCHD is also contacting those with children already in the registration system to schedule an appointment. People who don’t have online access or need assistance can call 402-441-4200.

Booster doses

The CDC has approved booster doses for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. LLCHD is currently providing booster doses to anyone who falls within the current CDC recommendations. LLCHD is providing Pfizer and Moderna booster doses at some clinics. Types of booster doses being offered are noted on the clinic schedule. LLCHD is contacting eligible Moderna and J&J vaccine recipients to schedule booster dose appointments.

Pfizer and Moderna booster CDC recommendations:

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

  • People age 65 and older and residents in long-term care facilities
  • People ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19
  • People who work or live in settings 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 being 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 to all ages and groups that are eligible, and many offer all three types of COVID-19 vaccines. Find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by texting your zip code to 438829.

Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at BryanHealth.com and CHIHealth.com. Testing is available from:

  • Bryan Health: Testing is available for those who have symptoms at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations, 7501 S. 27th St.; 5901 N. 27th 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 up testing, virtual quick care is available 24/7 at CHIHealth.com to chat with a provider and schedule a testing appointment.
  • Nomi Health: Drive-thru testing is available at Gateway Mall Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not required, but people are encouraged to preregister by visiting testing.nomihealth.com/signup/ne.
  • Local pharmacies including CVS, HyVee and Walgreens, health care provider offices and urgent care clinics also offer testing. Those uninsured or underinsured can call the LLCHD COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 to be connected to testing resources.

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

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