COVID-19 Risk Dial Moves to Mid-Yellow

Published on February 16, 2021

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that the COVID-19 Risk Dial has been moved from elevated yellow to mid-yellow as key indicators continue to improve.  The yellow position on the dial means that the risk of the virus spreading in the community is moderate.  On the color-coded dial, red represents the highest risk of COVID-19 spread, and green represents the lowest risk. The dial is updated every Tuesday.

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

  • The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases has dropped from 135 on January 24 to 49 on February 13.  The number of new weekly cases has been below 1,000 for five consecutive weeks and below 500 for the past two weeks.  The number of weekly cases has not been that low since the week ending August 28. 
  • The positivity rate has dropped from 29.1 percent three weeks ago to 18 percent for the week ending February 13. 
  • The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally has declined from 116 on January 16 to 27 this past weekend, a 77 percent decline.

For more information, visit or call the Health Department hotline at 402-441-8006.


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