Lancaster County COVID-19 Update for April 15

Published on April 15, 2021

Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 49
Total number of cases: 30,362

Deaths reported today: 0
Total number of deaths: 230

Recoveries: 27,234

Weekly positivity rate: The community positivity rate will be used for reporting moving forward. This rate does not include the random mitigation testing being implemented at UNL. The test over test method is still used and is calculated by taking the number of all positive tests and divided by the number of total tests done in the community.

  • April 3 through 10:  7.1 percent
  • April 11 through 15:  7 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 33 with 23 from Lancaster County (one on a ventilator) and 10 from other communities (one on a ventilator).

Risk Dial: mid-yellow, moderate risk of COVID-19 spread

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  143,229
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  98,177

Residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. There are still appointments available for Friday’s clinic at PBA. All residents age 16 and older can register for vaccinations at

The health department is working with higher education institutions and local high schools to register students 16 and older for vaccinations. LLCHD is scheduling appointments for students who have registered and will start vaccinating some students at Friday’s clinic. Public clinics and pharmacies remain options, and additional clinics are expected to be offered at local schools beginning next week.

This week’s large-scale clinics:

  • Monday, April 12, Center for People in Need – nearly 1,300 first doses administered
  • Thursday, April 15, Pinnacle Bank Arena – first and second doses
  • Friday, April 16, Pinnacle Bank Arena – first doses

Two first-dose drive-through clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 and Saturday, April 17 at 6100 “O” Street, in the drive-through garages at the north parking lot of the former Sears store at Gateway Mall. LLCHD is notifying residents to schedule appointments for these clinics.

MEDIA NOTE: Media will be notified regarding coverage of vaccinations. DO NOT go to any venue without making arrangements with the Health Department.

Registration: There are appointments available for this week’s first dose clinics. Lancaster County residents can complete the quick and simple registration process now at 

Those who do not have online access or who need assistance may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register. Those who are registered will be contacted to schedule an appointment as vaccine becomes available. Appointments for vaccinations are dependent on vaccine supply and are not related to the order in which people register.

Testing: The process begins with a free online risk assessment available at, or

Drive-through testing is available from:

  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth: Autumn Ridge Family Medicine, 5000 North 26th St. and Southwest Family Health, 1240 Aries Drive. Call either site to schedule an appointment: Autumn Ridge, 402-435-5300 and South West Family, 402-420-1300. 
  • Test Nebraska: Gateway Mall, 6100 “O” St., north parking lot of the former Sears store.  Tests are conducted from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 402-207-9377.

Testing is also available without an appointment at the three Bryan Urgent Care locations, 7501 S. 27th St., 5901 N. 27th St. and 4333 S. 86th St. To check wait times, call 402-481-6343.

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


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