Lancaster Co. Officials: COVID-19 On The Rise In Residents Under Age 40

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard shows about 65% of all cases are residents under age 40.
June 29, 2020 - 4:32pm

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Director Pat Lopez said COVID-19 cases are on the rise among people under the age of 40 in Lincoln, making up 65 percent of all local cases.

Local hospital capacity remains plentiful, with only 12 inpatient COVID-19 cases across Lancaster county.

Contact tracers have discovered many recent patients went to bars, played team sports, or took part in events where attendees did not socially distance or wear masks.

“This is not the time to get complacent and abandon the precautions that have helped us to flatten the curve and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system,” Lopez said. 

The department has not found evidence that recent Black Lives Matter protests contributed to the spike in cases. The department confirmed the lowest number of new cases last week in two months. 

Lopez said summer travel and the upcoming holiday are concerning, and she encourages residents reconsider out-of-state travel.

Graphic: Joe McMullen

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