Coronavirus case updates: October 5, 2020

Posted at 11:27 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 17:37:05-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Monday, 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 residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Lancaster County to 26. The individuals were men in their 40s and 70s who were hospitalized. Mayor Gaylor Baird expresses condolences to their families and friends on behalf of the City.
  • Forty-nine lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 6,925.
  • Recoveries: up from 2,726 to 2,803
  • Overall positivity rate:
    • Lancaster County – remains at 8.5 percent
    • State – up from 9.8 percent to 10.1 percent
    • National – down from 8.2 to 8 percent
  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 positive patients: 61 with 36 from Lancaster County (seven on ventilators) and 25 from other communities (four on ventilators).
  • The COVID-19 Risk Dial is at “Orange,” indicating a high risk of the virus spreading.


  • The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 that were received by midnight the previous day. This makes 17,171 total cases in Douglas County since the outbreak began in March.
  • The Health Department did not receive any new death certificates during the past day related to COVID-19. The number of deaths connected to the pandemic remains at 196.
  • DCHD has confirmed 12,908 county residents have recovered from the illness.
  • As of this morning, metro area hospitals had 244 medical and surgical beds available for an 82 percent occupancy rate. There were 125 inpatients who have been diagnosed with COVID19 and 28 more persons of interest (generally waiting for test results). Fourteen individuals who were confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 were on ventilators.


    Coronavirus Resources and Information

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