Local Health Department Orders Directed Health Measures

Pat Lopez, Interim Health Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), today ordered Directed Health Measures that further limit the opportunities for community spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Enforceable restrictions on public gatherings and business operations will be in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26 through Wednesday, May 6.

The action is in response to the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, which was reported yesterday. The male in his 50s became symptomatic March 11 and is currently hospitalized. LLCHD officials said he has no travel history and is not related to the previous two local cases, so this third case is considered community acquired, the first case of this kind in Lincoln.

“The directed health measures will present new challenges and ask for new sacrifices. It is important to remember why we are so committed to comply with them faithfully,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “What each of us does right now is important and has implications for what happens next. Each of us has a heroic role to play in preventing our health care system from becoming overburdened and saving lives.”