Lancaster County COVID-19 Update for May 5

Published on May 05, 2021

Lab-confirmed cases reported today: 26
Total number of cases: 31,075

Variant cases: 13 COVID-19 variant cases were identified in Lancaster County – all are B.1.1.7 also known as the U.K. variant. 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.

Total number of COVID-19 variant cases in Lancaster County: 70

  • B.1.427/B.1.429 – California variants, 10 cases   
  • B.1.1.7 – U.K. variant, 58 cases   
  • B.1.351 – South Africa variant, 2 cases

Deaths reported today: 0
Total number of deaths: 232

Recoveries: 28,200

Weekly positivity rate:

  • April 25 through May 1: 6 percent
  • May 2 through 8: 4.7 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 31 with 23 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and eight from other communities (none on ventilators).

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

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses):  164,486
  • Completed vaccinations (second doses and J&J vaccine):  120,229

This week’s public clinics (subject to change):

  • Monday, May 3, Center for People in Need – first and second doses
  • Tuesday, May 4, Airpark Recreation Center – first doses
  • Wednesday, May 5, Belmont Recreation Center – first doses; Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-through clinic north of the garages of the former Sears store
  • Thursday, May 6, Lancaster Event Center – first and second doses
  • Friday, May 7, Lancaster Event Center – first and second doses
  • Saturday, May 8, Gateway Mall – first-doses drive-through clinic north of the garages of the former Sears store

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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