Coronavirus case updates: November 17, 2020

Posted at 11:10 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 17:47:04-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Tuesday, KMTV will update this story with the latest numbers. Check back often for updates. The latest updates will be posted at the top. You can find school cases here.



  • The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 63. The individuals were a man and a woman in their 70s. Both had been hospitalized. On behalf of the City, Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends.
  • LLCHD reports 177 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 13,254.
  • Recoveries: up from 4,711 to 4,748
  • Previous updates included positivity rates of all test results since March 15. The update will now provide the current and previous week’s positivity rates.
  • Weekly positivity rate:
    • November 8 through 14 – 29.2 percent
    • November 15 through 17 – 29.8 percent
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 143 with 49 from Lancaster County (two on ventilators) and 94 from other communities (14 on ventilators).
  • The COVID-19 Risk Dial is now in the red position. The red dial position indicates a severe risk of the virus spreading. Residents are advised to follow these recommendations to protect themselves and others:
    • Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, food or medical care or to check on others who may need assistance.
    • Work from home if possible.
    • Wear a face mask when interacting with anyone outside of your household.
    • Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside of your household.
    • Avoid gatherings.
    • Only visit businesses and participate in activities where public health guidelines are observed. The guidelines include mask wearing, physical distancing and capacity limits.
    • Follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control at
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, repeated muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. If you have symptoms, please get tested. Testing is now open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.
  • LLCHD reminds the public that a flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting influenza. The flu vaccine is easily accessible, and the public is encouraged to contact health care providers or find a community flu immunization location in November.
  • LLCHD will provide free flu immunizations to anyone age 6 months and older. For more information, call 402-441-8065 or visit (keyword: vaccine).



Coronavirus Resources and Information

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