COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 4

Published on April 04, 2023

Risk Dial remains in low yellow

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that the COVID-19 Risk Dial will remain in low yellow for an 11th consecutive week. The yellow position on the dial indicates 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 position of the risk dial is based on multiple indicators: 

  • Cases decreased over the last week – from 187 to 155 for the week ending April 1. 
  • The 7-day rolling average of hospitalizations decreased  – from 35 last week to 28 today. 
  • Wastewater surveillance decreased compared to the previous week. 
  • Two COVID-19 deaths were reported last week – a man in his 70s who was hospitalized and not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized and up to date on vaccinations*. The total is 478.  

*Vaccinated individuals who are considered up to date have completed the COVID-19 primary series and received the most recent booster doses recommended for them by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Current public health guidance is available at

Vaccinations: The Health Department continues to encourage residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations including getting the updated bivalent booster. COVID-19 vaccine and bivalent booster doses are approved for everyone age 6 months and older. You’re up to date when you’ve completed a COVID-19 primary series and got the most recent booster dose recommended for you. If you’ve completed your primary series but aren’t yet eligible for a booster, you’re also considered up to date.

Benefits of the bivalent booster include protection against variants that weren’t included in the previous vaccines, and restoration of the body’s immunity against COVID-19. Even if you’ve had other COVID-19 boosters, it’s still important to get the updated one.

Updated boosters for children younger than age 5: A Pfizer updated bivalent booster was recently approved for children younger than age 5 who completed their three-dose primary series with monovalent (single strain) Pfizer vaccine. Children in this age group who previously completed a Moderna primary series can receive a Moderna bivalent booster two months after their final primary series dose.

Video Series: Get the Facts on COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Children – Local physicians share answers to common questions they’ve heard from parents about COVID-19 vaccine. Watch the series so far at

LLCHD offers bivalent boosters and the primary series onsite at the Health Department, 3131 “O” St. Appointments can be scheduled online at or by calling 402-441-4200. Walk-ins are also welcome Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment. Visit to find a pharmacy near you.

Vaccinations administered:

  • Initiated vaccinations (first doses): 237,539
  • Completed vaccinations (primary series and J&J vaccine): 222,137
  • Lancaster County residents – fully vaccinated: 68.5%
  • Lancaster County residents – up to date: 19.6%

COVID-19 plan: For people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a resource to build a personal COVID-19 plan. The plan includes tools, information and actions steps to share with family, friends and health care providers. The COVID-19 plan is available in English and Spanish and can be found at

People who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 include older adults (age 50 and older), people who are not vaccinated and people with certain medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease or a weakened immune system.

COVID-19 testing: At-home test kits are available in the main lobby of the LLCHD, 3131 ”O” St., during regular business hours. Test kits are also available at all Lincoln City Library locations. Lancaster County residents can report results of their at-home COVID-19 tests to the Health Department. The form is available at All information is confidential. Those requiring assistance completing the form may call LLCHD at 402-441-8006.

The federal government also offers free, at-home tests. Visit for more information.

The Food and Drug Administration extended the shelf lives of many home COVID-19 tests. To determine if a test has a new expiration date, visit At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests | FDA. The CDC offers to help people find free COVID-19 testing locations. The website is part of a federal program called Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is available at no cost at ICATT locations for people with or without health insurance who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The tests are billed to third-party payers, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers. People without health insurance do not have to pay for COVID-19 testing at ICATT sites. 

For more information on testing or other COVID-19-related topics, visit or call the LLCHD hotline at 402-441-8006.

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