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Mayor gets first vaccine dose; Lancaster County reports 86 new COVID-19 cases
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Mayor gets first vaccine dose; Lancaster County reports 86 new COVID-19 cases

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Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Director Pat Lopez gives Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird her first Pfizer vaccine shot on Wednesday.

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, joining the 119,000 Lancaster County residents who are either fully or partially vaccinated.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Director Pat Lopez administered the vaccination as part of a large-scale clinic for residents age 49 and over staged at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Additional clinics planned this week at the arena include second-dose inoculations for residents age 63 and over on Thursday and Friday and a single-dose Johnson & Johnson clinic for manufacturing and food service workers on Saturday.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 29,995.

Some of the new cases announced Wednesday are part of the 114 positive tests returned from labs on Tuesday. That's the most positive tests returned on a single day in Lancaster County since Jan. 28.

The number of deaths from the virus in the county remains at 228. 

There are currently 23 people hospitalized in Lancaster County with COVID-19, 19 of which are from the county. 

In its daily news release, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said it has administered a total of 119,316 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines and a combined total of 73,836 second doses and single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines. 

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Luna Stephens is a journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is originally from Lawrence, Kansas and is passionate about the transformative power of journalism.

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