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21 new coronavirus cases reported Monday in Lincoln
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21 new coronavirus cases reported Monday in Lincoln

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Lancaster County reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as concern grows over the increase in cases among people under 40 years old. 

At the beginning of May, people under 40 accounted for 40% of confirmed coronavirus cases, said interim Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Director Pat Lopez during a news conference Monday. The 40-and-under age group now accounts for 65% of all cases, she said.

Lancaster County has had a total of 1,718 cases. The number of recoveries is up from 547 on Friday to 599. The local death toll remained at 12. 

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Bryan Health continues to see a steady decline in the number of patients in its hospitals with COVID-19.

The health system said Monday that only four people with the virus were hospitalized, and only one patient was on a ventilator.

That's the lowest number of ventilated patients since April 13 and the lowest number of overall patients since April 19.

Lincoln has seen a steady decline in coronavirus cases, with only 87 last week, the first time in two months weekly cases were below 100.

People should strongly reconsider out-of-state summer travel plans, as many states,  including California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, are seeing record highs of new cases, Lopez said.

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As the Fourth of July approaches, people should avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and keep hand sanitizer on hand during any "pandemic celebrations," Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said during the news conference. 

"You can think about it this way," Gaylor Baird said. "You can best celebrate our nation on its birthday by protecting yourself and others."

Test Nebraska will be at North Star High School from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Testing is open to all Lancaster County residents by appointment only.

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Summer news intern Sofia Saric is a Los Angeles native studying journalism at Boston University and has previously written stories for the Boston Globe, the Brookline TAB, the Daily Free Press and Spindle.

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