26-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska intends to hold in-person classes on all of its campuses this fall while still accounting for possible coronavirus restrictions. University officials say they wanted to make the announcement early to give students, faculty and staff as much time as possible to plan. The university may still impose some restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. The pandemic has forced colleges and universities nationwide to shift to online-only classes. University of Nebraska officials decided to offer online classes instead of in-person courses for the rest of the spring semester. Courses will still be taught online this summer.
26-Apr-2020 / Ap
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business owners in Nebraska are starting to plan their comeback, now that the state’s governor has unveiled his plan to ease coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Pete Ricketts said Friday that he will relax restrictions in 59 counties, including those in the Omaha area. The new orders, effective until May 31, allow restaurants to reopen their dining rooms but require them to keep crowds at or below half of their rated occupancy. Dining parties are limited to six people, buffets are still closed, and bars must keep their dining areas closed. Ricketts’ plan also allows barbershops, tattoo parlors, salons and massage therapists to reopen, with restrictions.
26-Apr-2020 / Ap
OMAHA, Neb. — The state of Nebraska and some cities and counties are getting a combined $6.4 million to address public safety issues during the coronavirus outbreak. The Nebraska Crime Commission received a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, another $2.1 million was allocated to local jurisdictions, including Omaha, which is getting $1.15 million. In addition, Lincoln received about $429,000, Grand Island received about $85,500, Sarpy County received $58,000 and Bellevue received $35,800.
25-Apr-2020 / Two Rivers Public Health Department
KEARNEY – Fifty three new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the
total to 449 in the seven-county region. Please note, the numbers reported yesterday were current, but a clerical error citing the day as
Tuesday needs to be corrected to Friday. Friday 4/24/2020 reported 53 new cases and Saturday 4/25/2020 is also reporting 53 new cases.
New confirmed cases include:
• Buffalo County 12
• Dawson County 41
Total cases to date in the district’s seven counties are:
Dawson County – 345
Buffalo County – 88
Gosper County – 8
Kearney County – 4
Franklin County –3
Phelps County – 1
Harlan County – 0
Recent studies show that a significant portion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html . Testing is available to the public at the discretion of health care providers. Individuals are more likely to be tested by if they are essential infrastructure staff, in direct contact with a laboratory confirmed case, a health care worker, first responder or age 65 or older. For more information, call Two Rivers Public Health Department at 888-669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org. Two Rivers continues to advise citizens to stay home when experiencing illness and seek medical care when necessary.
The Department of Health and Human Services opened a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to keep them informed. The number is 402-552- 6645. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
25-Apr-2020 / Central District Health Department
The Central District Health Department reports as of 4:00 p.m. today April 25, 2020, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory is 866. Three more deaths have been reported to bring the total to now 24. Total cases by county include: 8 cases in Merrick County, 47 cases in Hamilton County and 811 in Hall County.
24-Apr-2020 / Central District Health Department
Central District Health Department reports that as of 2:00 p.m. today, April 24, 2020, the number of positive cases confirmed by laboratory is 760 with 21 deaths.
There are 8 cases in Merrick County, 31 cases in Hamilton County and 721 in Hall County. The most recent deaths are a man in his 30's from Hall County, and a female in her 70's from Hall County.
23-Apr-2020 / AP/GRANT SCHULTE
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says he doesn’t plan to close any of Nebraska’s meatpacking plants despite a surge in coronavirus cases in their surrounding communities that have turned them into the state’s biggest hot spots. Ricketts says he was concerned that shuttering the plants could hurt the state’s food supply and lead to “civil unrest” if residents suddenly lose access to meat. His comments came as Dakota County, home to a Tyson plant, reported 133 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing its total to 246.
23-Apr-2020 / Central District Health Department
Central District Health Department reports that as of 2:00 p.m. today, April 23, 2020, the number of positive laboratory confirmed cases is 700 with 19 deaths. There are 7 cases in Merrick County, 29 cases in Hamilton County, 664 cases in Hall County. The most recent death is a male in his 60's and from Hall County.
For more information on Covid-19 case numbers relating to the three county area served by the Central District Health Department visit cdhd.ne.gov.
23-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new Nebraska website designed to ramp up testing for the coronavirus logged about 20,000 new registrations on its first day, and the data residents submit could help determine which parts of the state get tested first. Gov. Pete Ricketts says the $27 million program, similar to ones Iowa and Utah, will help state officials decide where to first use the 540,000 new tests that were included in the deal. He says front-line medical and public safety workers will get first priority for testing, followed by people who report a lot of symptoms on the Test Nebraska website, followed by people with just a symptoms and then potentially people who are asymptomatic.
23-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state health officials have reported four new COVID-19 deaths, all in the hard-hit area of Grand Island. The new cases bring the state’s total deaths from the disease to 45 since the outbreak began. Three of the deaths reported Wednesday were in Hall County, including a woman in her 60s, another in her 70s, and a man in his 60s. The fourth death was a woman in her 90s in Hamilton County. Nebraska’s online coronavirus tracking portal on Thursday morning showed 1,813 confirmed cases in the state. Nearly 17,400 people had been tested for the virus statewide, with more than 15,500 testing negative for the illness.