LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The number of positive cases in Lancaster county is down to around 5 a day. Early in May, it was around 35.
The mayor and health director announced on Wednesday, no more DHM’s. They expire this Friday.
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health director Pat Lopez says more than 68 percent of Lancaster County residents ages 16 and up have initiated vaccination and with the risk dial continuing to stay in the green, the health department is lifting the DHM’S.
“We are pleased to announce that we will allow our current directed health measure to expire at 11:59 pm this Friday, June 18,” said Lopez.
She says the key reason the county is seeing improvement is because of the progress with vaccinations.
“This chart shows the direct impact the percent of residents fully vaccinated as represented by the yellow line, and the new cases per week are represented by the blue line,” said Lopez. You can see clearly that as the vaccination rate has increased the number of new cases has declined.”
Some of the key changes are there will be no guidelines for gatherings regardless of size and location.
“Restaurants, bars, childcare facilities, barbershops, cosmetology establishments, estheticians, body art and massage facilities will no longer be subject to any directed health measures,” said Lopez.
For you party-goers, peddle pubs and party buses will no longer keep passenger lists 21 days after rides.
Another change, K-12 extracurricular activities will no longer be required to submit activity plans.
She adds people who have been exposed or have COVID–19 are still required to isolate and quarantine as it is a public health practice. The mayor hopes more continue to get vaccinated.
“If you still have not received the safe and highly effective vaccines available, please do so now,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “We still have plenty of opportunities for folks to get vaccinated and this is the single most important and effective step that you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.”