Lancaster County COVID-19 Update for April 29

Published on April 29, 2021

Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 46
Total number of cases: 30,915

Variant cases: Seven additional COVID-19 variant cases were confirmed in Lancaster County – all seven are B.1.1.7 also known as the U.K. variant. The variants were identified through special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab, and LLCHD is currently investigating. Variants can spread more easily and quickly and they can lead to more cases of COVID-19. Residents are urged to continue preventive actions to control the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in the community, which include getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 57 cases of COVID-19 variants have now been identified in Lancaster County:

  • B.1.427/B.1.429 – California variants, 10 cases   
  • B.1.1.7 – U.K. variant, 45 cases   
  • B.1.351 – South Africa variant, 2 cases

Deaths reported today: 0
Total number of deaths: 232

Recoveries: 27,887

Weekly positivity rate:

  • April 18 through 24:  7.2 percent
  • April 25 through 30:  5.9 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 29 with 20 from Lancaster County (one on a ventilator) and 9 from other communities (one on a ventilator).

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

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  163,247
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  114,982

This week’s large-scale clinics (subject to change):

  • Wednesday, April 28, Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-through clinic north of the garages of the former Sears store
  • Thursday, April 29, Pinnacle Bank Arena – second doses
  • Saturday, May 1, CHI St. Elizabeth – first doses; Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-through clinic north of the garages of the former Sears store
  • The health department continues to work with local high schools and will offer clinics for students and their families/guardians at Lincoln high schools this week.

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

Registration: Residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, and appointments are available for this week.  Residents can complete the quick and simple registration process and then schedule an appointment to get vaccinated at Residents who are already in the registration system will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Those who do not have online access or who need assistance with registration or scheduling may call LLCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at 402-441-8006 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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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