Lancaster County reports 5th COVID-19 death; Omaha area closing in on 2,000 cases

Lancaster County reports 5th COVID-19 death; Omaha area closing in on 2,000 cases

A fifth Lancaster County resident died after contracting the coronavirus, local health officials reported Thursday.

Like the four previous deaths, the resident had an underlying health condition, interim Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Director Pat Lopez said.

The person had been hospitalized and receiving treatment for complications due to COVID-19, she said.

The coronavirus also claimed the lives of at least seven other Nebraskans — four in Dakota County, two in Douglas and one in Dawson, health officials reported Thursday.

The Dakota County Health Department did not release additional information on its deaths, which were reported in the Sioux City Journal. But the Douglas County Health Department said the virus claimed a woman in her 40s with underlying health conditions, and a man in his 50s; and the Two Rivers Health Department described the Dawson County death as a woman in her 80s, also with underlying health conditions.

Their deaths bring the state’s total to at least 115. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported 9,416 cases statewide as of Thursday evening.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 10 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday for a total of 698 cases, including the five deaths.

Lincoln hospitals treated 39 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, including 19 from Lancaster County, Lopez said. Nine people needed ventilators. 

Also on Thursday, local health officials confirmed 45 more people who had fully recovered from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the city's COVID-19 data dashboard.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7254 or psalter@journalstar.com.

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