Lincoln to drop mask mandate as COVID-19 risk dial moves to green | Body & More – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-10-21 15:37:17 –

Matt Olbirding Lincoln Journal Star

Press Conference: Coronavirus Update May 18, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel, which governments and health officials have been talking about for months in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, is finally here.

And for the first time in 10 months, Lincoln residents and visitors to the city will be able to make it completely shine on their faces.

Local officials on Tuesday said they were allowing the Maskman date in Lancaster County to expire, as scheduled for the end of the day on Friday.

This means that most businesses, government offices and other indoor buildings eliminate the need for masks.

This move occurs because local COVID-19 cases have declined to levels that have not been seen since the early days of the pandemic. Last week, the county recorded only 78 new cases of coronavirus. This is the lowest total week since the week ending April 24, 2020.

These numbers, along with other positive signs such as rising vaccination rates and steady hospitalization, lowered the county’s COVID-19 risk dial to the green or low-risk range for the first time since it was just deployed. More than a year ago.

The only reality with statistics for the past week was the first three additional COVID-19 deaths since mid-April. However, Health Director Pat Lopez said that all three women in their 70s, 80s and 90s had not been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Vaccines appear to tame COVID-19 in ways that masking, social distance, and other means were not possible. As of Tuesday, Lancaster County was the state leader, with more than 58% of the population over the age of 16 fully vaccinated against the virus. Last week, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for children aged 12 to 15 years, and about 11% of that age group have already received their first dose.

Lancaster County peaked with a total of more than 2,100 COVID-19 cases per week through the week leading up to December 4. Local health care workers were vaccinated with the first vaccine 10 days later, and cases began to steadily decline. They leveled off around 350 in mid-February and remained narrow for about two months. However, due to the widespread availability of vaccines, cases decreased weekly to less than 300, then to less than 250, then to less than 200, and finally to less than 100.

A decrease in the number of cases means returning to the normal state of daily life.

Some buildings, such as hospitals and Lincoln Airport, will continue to require masks, and some retailers and other businesses may continue to require masks.

However, most retail chains seem to eliminate the need for masks.

On Tuesday, Hy-Vee became the latest retailer to withdraw the requirement to wear masks in stores.

The Iowa-based grocery store said it would no longer need masks for fully vaccinated customers and employees. However, unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks at work.

Hy-Vee has withdrawn mask requirements following last week’s announcement by Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Walgreens, Starbucks, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear. Join many retailers Masks in most indoor settings.

On Saturday, the CDC announced that US schools should continue to implement COVID-19 safety measures until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

This spring, Journal Star set out to honor the lives of those lost in COVID-19. The family was keen to share the stories of the people they loved.

Lillian “Lil” Gibson, 61, died on November 2nd at COVID-19. The dialysis nurse and marathon runner were small but powerful, with a smile and a warm personality.

Phyllis “Phyl” Maly, 88, died on January 14th at COVID-19. She was an artist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a woman who had her own skin at home.

Beth Smith, 64, died on January 20th from a complication of COVID-19. Redhead women loved music, parties and adventures, loyal friends, sisters, aunts, and partners.

Roger A. Ryman, 70, died on October 20th at COVID-19. He was a cowboy when he was young, but became a grandfather devoted to his magnificent 7.

Gloria Pospicil, 80, died on February 11th at COVID-19. A longtime piano teacher and church organist was a girl on the farm of the heart who kept a busy social calendar.

Wanda Darlene Hedges was a strong woman who raised her family on a farm near Bennett. She sometimes worked at a nearby grocery store, but most were full-time mothers.

Anna Sales, 69, died on November 6th at COVID-19. Four days later, her husband, Chuck Sales, 88, also died of the virus. The couple loved to put them in bowls, travel, serve churches, and listen to Elvis music.

Randy Brinkman, 62, of Lincoln died on November 30th at COVID-19. He loved his family and old cars, worked hard, and wrote love poems to his wife.

Hope McGraw, a 22-year-old crew leader at a restaurant in York, died of COVID-19 in January. After more than a week, the fundraiser raised about $ 1,200 to help families cover their invoices.

Humboldt’s Alan Barr, 73, died of complications from COVID-19 on January 13. Teacher, artist, beloved brother, favorite uncle. “He did what he wanted to do when he wanted to.”

Raymond Irvin’Irv’Cidlik, 78, died October 23 at COVID-19. He was a veteran, farmer, father and grandfather who loved to make people laugh.

When my 94-year-old mother, Jane Koch, returned to her room in the care facility where she lived, employees lined up in the hallway in early December and applauded and cheered.

Brian Wintz, 46, died on October 4th at COVID-19. For many years, LES workers loved to make fun of his only daughter, go ice fishing, and work on projects around the house he built with his high school lover Jill.

Orva Samuelson, 95, died on May 22nd at COVID-19. She and her deceased husband loved dancing and playing cards, and after raising her daughter, she became an Avon woman and turned her customers into friends.

Tammai, 80, died on May 4th at COVID-19. The man from Vietnam was a protective brother, a devoted son and grandfather who taught his grandchildren to study hard and respect them.

Janet Ann Jodys, a compassionate mother known for her love of reading, crafts and church life, died on October 8th at COVID-19 in Lincoln at the age of 83.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Betty Bredemeier taught Sunday School at the Christ United Methodist Church and “probably participated in almost every committee they had,” said one of her sons.

Jack Fields, 87, died on December 8th at COVID-19. He spent his career repairing copiers, making friends, and making memories for his children and grandchildren.

Nadene Stull, 94, died on December 12th due to complications of COVID-19. She lived a fulfilling life as a bookkeeper and mother of three sons, and later became a Methodist minister.

Betty Saab, a longtime nurse known for her compassionate and affectionate personality, died of COVID-19 at the age of 95 at a nursing home in Lincoln last November.

Albert “Butch” Butts, 79, died on February 14th due to complications of COVID-19. He was a diligent, kind and generous man who left a large family to mourn his death.

Kevin Hopper, 60, died on August 19th at COVID-19. A carefree Lincoln-born computer expert loved Star Trek, Star Wars, all the other science fiction, and most of all, his family.

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