First death due to Delta COVID-19 variant in Lancaster County

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 4:56 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department is reporting the first death related to the Delta COVID-19 variant in Lancaster County.

LLCHD said it was a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized. She was fully vaccinated, but according to Scott Holmes with the Environmental Health Division, she had underlying conditions that put her at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Special testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab identified the delta variant (B.1617).

Vaccination remains the best protection against the virus and its variants, and recent studies show it helps prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, according to Holmes.

LLCHD also pointed to CDC data from several states that shows 99.5% of people who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. were unvaccinated.

There have been 239 COVID-19 related deaths in Lancaster County.

Total number of COVID-19 variant cases in Lancaster County: 254

  • Alpha (B.1.1.7) – first identified in the U.K., 196 cases
  • Beta (B.1.351) – first identified in South Africa, 8 cases
  • Delta (B.1.617) – first identified in India, 20 cases
  • Epsilon (B.1.427/B.1.429) – first identified in California, 21 cases
  • Gamma (P.1) – first identified in Brazil, 6 cases
  • Iota (B.1526) – first identified in New York, 3 cases

There were 31 new COVID-19 cases reported in Lancaster County on Thursday, the highest single-day reported total since early May.

LLCHD said 66.5% of Lancaster County residents age 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The health department’s goal is to get that number to at least 75 percent.

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