Coronavirus case updates: November 18, 2020

Posted at 11:01 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 23:47:14-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Wednesday, 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.



Director Scott R. Frakes announced that 12 staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff members are employed at the following locations: Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (5), Lincoln Correctional Center (2), Nebraska State Penitentiary (2), Omaha Correctional Center (1), Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (1) and the Central Office (1). All of the staff members are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in those locations as to the positive cases. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff members will be directed to self-quarantine until cleared by a medical provider.

This brings the total number of NDCS staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 to 282. One hundred and ninety-six of those individuals have recovered from COVID-19.


Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 196 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 13,450. The number of deaths in the community remains at 63.

Visit to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. LLCHD also released the following information today:

Recoveries: up from 4,748 to 4,791

Weekly positivity rate:

  • November 8 through 14: 29.1 percent
  • November 15 through 18: 28.6 percent

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients: 162 with 65 from Lancaster County (five on ventilators) and 97 from other communities (12 on ventilators).

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is 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



Coronavirus Resources and Information

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