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Ten new COVID-19 cases reported in Lincoln

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 15:35:13-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced 10 new COVID-19 cases in Lincoln on Saturday, bringing the total in the community to 73.

The health department is investigating the new cases, which includes five individuals (two children, a man in his 20s and a man and woman in their 60s) who live in the same households as people with COVID-19. They were all quarantined at their homes prior to becoming symptomatic.

The other cases are a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 50s and three men -- one in his 30s and two in their 40s.

“While the number of new cases is concerning, it is not unexpected,” said LLCHD Interim Health Director Pat Lopez. “Our modeling has shown an increasing number of cases through April. We also knew that the increased availability of testing would result in more positive cases. We continue to urge everyone who has symptoms to get tested.”