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  Lincoln, Nebraska, Jan. 22, 2021 — Scholars and medical professionals from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will present a series of lectures in February and early March focusing on pandemics old and new.   The 2021 Winter Lecture Series will take place each Sunday from […]

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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts provided an update on the State’s progress distributing and administering the coronavirus vaccine.  Over 120,000 vaccinations have been administered so far in Nebraska. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Incident Commander Angie Ling discussed the State’s work to vaccinate Nebraskans in Phases 1A and 1B of its […]

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Lincoln – Nebraska residents who are younger than 65 years old and considered healthy may have to wait another four months to get the coronavirus vaccine based on current distributions. State health officials and Gov. Pete Ricketts say they’re receiving 94,000 vaccinations a month from the federal government. Nebraska has been vaccinating front-line health care […]

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Indiana held the fourth-ranked University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a season-low 69 points in an 81-69 victory Thursday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa led 53-44 with 12 minutes to play before the Hoosiers blitzed the Hawkeyes. Indiana reeled off nine straight points to tie the game […]

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The head of Nebraska’s judicial branch reviewed the court system’s efforts to provide “uninterrupted access to justice” during the coronavirus pandemic in his State of the Judiciary address Jan. 21. As his fellow justices watched from outside the legislative chamber, Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican told lawmakers that the judicial branch’s guiding principle […]

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Over the past 2 days (January 19-20), there were 33 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the District: York County had 18 new cases for a total of 1,525. Seward County had 11 new cases for a total of 1,739. Butler County added 3 cases for 790 total cases. Polk County had 1 new case […]

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West Point Public Schools will be sending out a survey to parents soon. Middle School Principal Brendan Calahan has the details. Calahan made his comments during this week’s Interview with KTIC Radio. Click here to listen to Interview with Calahan 

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GACC has announced the times for their Catholic Schools Week Breakfast on Sunday, January 31st. High School Principal Kate Hagemann. Hagemann made her comments during this week’s Interview with KTIC Radio. Click here to listen to Interview with Hagemann 

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Over the past 3 days (January 16-18), there were 22 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the District: Seward County had 13 new cases for a total of 1,728. York County had 6 new cases for a total of 1,508. Butler County added 2 cases for 787 total cases. Polk County had 1 new case […]

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LINCOLN–Gov. Pete Ricketts discussed Nebraska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in his State of the State Address Jan. 14. He also outlined his proposed budget including a property tax relief initiative. “Even as we’ve had to overcome the challenge of the pandemic, the work of Nebraskans everywhere has kept the state of the state strong,” […]

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FREMONT – Both the North Bend Central Boys and Girls Basketball Teams were tested by Fremont Bergan in High School Basketball from Archbishop Bergan High School in action aired on 107.9 the Bull Saturday evening, but it was the Tigers prevailing in both games. In the Girls Game, North Bend Central got out to a […]

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  Lincoln, NE– Local health departments work in Nebraska’s communities to protect public health and prevent disease and injury. To this end, during the COVID-19 pandemic, local health departments are committed to seeing that all willing adults in Nebraska are vaccinated when vaccine supplies allow. We are working to ensure that all adults in our health districts will eventually have access to the COVID-19 […]

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  LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Test Nebraska sites will close temporarily or adjust their schedule Friday as a winter storm moves through the state. Those registered for testing should regularly check messages for updates as notification via text or email will be sent in the event of a change.   While weather may impact testing to […]

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Small borrowers make up vast majority of forgiveness applicants   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion, providing an extraordinary amount of critical relief to America’s small businesses just 3 months since the earliest PPP borrowers’ covered periods ended. “Today’s news is […]

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An additional 3 COVID-19 related deaths are confirmed today in the Four Corners District: A York County man in his 70’s, who was hospitalized; A Seward County woman in her 90’s, who was hospitalized; A Seward County woman in her 80’s, who had been hospitalized. With these additional deaths, the cumulative total of COVID-19 related […]

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  North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross blood drive Monday on its South Campus. The drive, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the concessions area outside McDonald-Belton Gymnasium. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing. They can be made by calling Jason Osmotherly, […]

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on […]

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More than 40% of Nebraska’s 90,000 health care workers have received the first of two doses of the coronavirus vaccine as the state is ramping up distribution. State health officials said 78,074 of the 144,363 doses Nebraska has received so far have been administered so far. They primarily gone to health care workers. Residents and […]

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GACC Elementary Principal Paula Peatrowksy joined KTIC Radio for this week’s GACC School Radio Update. Peatrowsky highlights a meeting coming up later this month. Peatrowsky any parents unable to attend should contact the school. GACC’s annual Soup and Pie Supper will be held next Saturday. Peatrowsky said. Peatrowsky says people are strongly encouraged to sit […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board heard a COVID-19 Update from Superintendent Bill McAllister at Monday night’s meeting. McAllister says the total quarantine number for students and staff is 21. The Board also approved an updated attendance policy for the District. McAllister also gave a School Improvement Update. The board also approved the resignation of Middle […]

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As of Friday, January 8, the Four Corners Risk Dial has been reset and remains in the Orange Elevated COVID-19 Risk Level at 2.63, which is slightly up from the previous week’s 2.38.  Public health recommendations and the COVID-19 dashboard are posted on our website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov. Over the past 2 days (January 7-8), there were 34 […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Those looking for more ideas on using nature in the classroom are invited to a virtual educator workshop Jan. 12 that focuses on engaging young children in nature through discovery and science. Growing Up WILD is a high-quality, easy-to-use guide for all educators, after-school program leaders and in-home daycare providers who work […]

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LINCOLN – During a briefing at the State Capitol this morning, Governor Pete Ricketts delivered an update on the state’s work to slow the spread of coronavirus and the state’s Test Nebraska initiative.  The Governor was joined by Mark McCurdy, owner of Mark’s Pharmacy in Cambridge to highlight the success of Test Nebraska’s work across the […]

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he’s reasonably satisfied with the state’s distribution of coronavirus vaccines despite a slowdown last month. But he’s urging residents to remain patient and expect some logistical delays. Ricketts says the state has received an additional 40,000 doses in the last couple of days. It will take a few more days […]

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West Point Beemer High School Principal D.J. Weddle talked about their latest Covid 19 guidelines for activities. For a list of upcoming  activities visit the schools website www.wpcadets.org Weddle also says they are getting students prepared for the ACT Test. The West Point Board of Education meeting will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. and will be streamed […]

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Lincoln – Nebraskans who want to register for a coronavirus vaccination should be able to do so online or by phone in a few weeks. Officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services say they plan to launch their new registration website in about two weeks and a telephone hotline in roughly 10 […]

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LINCOLN – During a briefing at the State Capitol this morning, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services delivered a briefing on the new strain of coronavirus recently discovered in the United Kingdom (UK). Gov. Ricketts: New U.K. Virus Strain In recent weeks, you’ve probably been reading and hearing about a […]

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska officials who are leading the state’s pandemic  response expect a large increase in coronavirus vaccinations over the next two weeks after a slowdown over the holidays. New data from the state’s tracking  portal shows that Nebraska has given 36,360 vaccinations so far out of the  94,697 doses in its possession. […]

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Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and Dannette Smith, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, are warning Nebraskans to be on the lookout for fraudulent schemes about COVID-19 vaccines. “Even though the COVID-19 vaccines have only been available for a short time, fraud schemes are already popping up across the nation, seeking […]

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Lincoln, Neb. – As of  Monday (1/5/2021)  36,253 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to those in Phase 1A priority group, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Phase 1A includes frontline health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. First doses have been given to […]

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YORK- 2021’s York Ag Expo is canceled. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the restrictions this could impose on the show itself, we felt it would be best to cancel 2021’s York Ag Expo. We are saddened and frustrated we had to make this call but we feel it’s the right decision given […]

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An additional 4 COVID-19 related deaths are confirmed today in the Four Corners District: A York County man in his 80’s, who had been hospitalized; A Butler County man in his 70’s, who died at the hospital; A Seward County man in his 70’s, who had been hospitalized; and A Polk County woman in her […]

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LINCOLN – During a briefing at the State Capitol this morning, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services provided an update on the State of Nebraska’s work to deploy coronavirus vaccines. Gov. Ricketts: Coronavirus Vaccination Vaccinations have been proceeding expeditiously here in Nebraska. National data shows that Nebraska has been in […]

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On Friday, January 1, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts elevated individuals ages 75+ priority status to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In accordance with state and federal recommendations, the vaccine is being distributed in waves throughout the Nebraska panhandle, pending vaccine availability. Phase 1A distribution includes healthcare workers, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employees, and long term care […]

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Today, PPHD’s Unified Command provided an update on the latest COVID-19 numbers since last reporting on December 28th. There were 213 new cases and six additional deaths to report. The new cases by county include: Banner- 1 Box Butte- 25 Cheyenne- 42 Dawes- 13 Deuel- 6 Garden- 7 Kimball- 18 Morrill- 19 Scotts Bluff- 63 […]

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As of Friday, January 1, the Four Corners Risk Dial has been reset and remains in the Orange Elevated COVID-19 Risk Level at 2.38, which is the same as the previous week.  Public health recommendations and the COVID-19 dashboard are posted on our website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov. Over New Year’s Eve and Day (December 31 through January 1), […]

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How the process has changed amid a pandemic   College students are adjusting to an unprecedented school year. Luke Swanson, a Dannebrog native, was having a successful spring 2020 semester. The sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was improving his grades and had periodic check-ins with academic advisors to ensure his success. Then, COVID-19 started […]

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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, many are going to be glad to have 2020 in the history books.  It’s not been easy to endure the pandemic, but I’m inspired by the way Nebraskans have pulled together to fight the virus.  Even though it’s been a tough year, Nebraskans have shown great […]

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The Four Corners District saw 47 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 2 days (December 29-30): Seward County had 25 new cases for a total of 1,613. York County had 13 new cases for a total of 1,373. Butler County added 7 cases for 741 total cases. Polk County had 2 new cases […]

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  LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Test Nebraska sites will adjust their schedule or close temporarily on Tuesday and Wednesday as a winter storm moves through the state. Those registered should regularly check messages for updates as notification via text or email will be sent in the event of a change.   Metropolitan Community College sites are […]

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Amanda Peters refers to the outdoors as her “happy place.” The Lincoln woman is a cardiac intensive care unit nurse at Bryan Medical Center East, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has leaned on that happy place even more. That escape recently helped her earn her first whitetail deer. […]

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At the IRS, we work to support our nation’s charities in many different ways. In my organization, we oversee the tax-exempt groups that do vital work for our nation. And many of us who work for the IRS use our free time to volunteer and contribute in countless ways to charitable organizations and churches across […]

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As of Friday, December 25, the Four Corners Risk Dial has been reset and remains in the Orange Elevated COVID-19 Risk Level at 2.38.  The Risk Dial moved from the Red to the Orange level (2.63) last week.  Public health recommendations and the COVID-19 dashboard are posted on our website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov. Over Christmas Eve and Day […]

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  KEARNEY –Two Rivers Public Health Department in Kearney is regretful to report two additional deaths in the district related to COVID-19. The individual is a female in her 80s and a male in his 90s from Gosper County.   “Our deepest condolences to families and friends of those who have passed. We share your […]

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The housing market in Nebraska and across the United States remains strong through the COVID-19 pandemic despite a corresponding recession causing income disparity. The sustained strength of real estate is largely due to record-low mortgage rates. Although mortgage rates saw a small uptick following recent news of possible COVID-19 vaccines, those rates are still nearly […]

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KEARNEY – Fall 2020 was a semester unlike any other. Smiling faces were covered by cloth face masks. On-campus activities and athletic events were disrupted. And classes were modified to ensure learning continued during a global pandemic. It wasn’t a great semester, John Falconer admits, acknowledging the stressful situations University of Nebraska at Kearney students, […]

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 By now, we’ve all heard the good news about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Each of them is roughly 95-percent effective against COVID-19, and they have both been approved by the FDA. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership between the federal government and these manufacturers, we have developed these vaccines in record time. […]

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The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Four Corners District on Tuesday, December 22, and healthcare workers and EMS have begun lining up to receive a dose of vaccine.  Each hospital in Butler, Polk, Seward and York County was allocated a limited supply to vaccinate front-line healthcare personnel. In the past 2 days, […]

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Christmas and New Year’s Day are welcome opportunities to slow down, connect with loved ones, and look forward to 2021.  As we approach the year’s end, I am thankful for the many sacrifices Nebraskans have made in 2020.  Despite many difficulties, our state’s residents have displayed inspiring strength and compassion during the pandemic. Healthcare workers […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State is moving from the “yellow” to “blue” phase of its coronavirus pandemic response plan.  As a result, the State of Nebraska is issuing new Directed Health Measures (DHMs) effective 12:01 AM on Thursday, December 24, 2020.  The new DHMs change some of the restrictions put in […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts Wednesday announced that the State is moving from the “yellow” to “blue” phase of its coronavirus pandemic response plan, with a new Directed Health Measures  effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The new DHMs change some of the restrictions put in place to help manage the coronavirus pandemic, with the Nebraska pandemic response plan […]

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The Farmers to Families food box programs are still happening for this week of Christmas. Food box distributions in Cozad at the Grand Generation Center will be on Wednesday, December 23 starting at 5pm. For the Lexington area, food box distribution at St. Anne’s Parish Center will be Thursday, December 24 starting at 10:30am. Food […]

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  Lincoln – As of this morning, 8,985 Nebraskans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the first shipments began arriving in the state a week ago, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).   The first round of vaccines were targeted to hospital and health care workers providing direct […]

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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press briefing at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Governor reported that coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to decrease in Nebraska.  They are down to 602 from a high of 987 on November 20, 2020.  Nebraska remains in the […]

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  LINCOLN – The latest statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 150,861 as of Dec. 15. There have been 161 COVID-19-related deaths in Nebraska reported in the last seven days, for a total of 1,438. To date, a total of 85,127 Nebraskans testing positive for COVID-19 have recovered.   Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients have remained lower than recent […]

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Unified Command announced during their Thursday afternoon that the Panhandle has seen 215 new COVID cases, and zero additional confirmed deaths since last reporting Monday. The new cases by county are as follows: Banner- 3 Box Butte- 21 Cheyenne- 23 Dawes- 12 Deuel- 6 Garden- 2 Grant- 2 Kimball- 30 Morrill-9 Scotts Bluff- 85 Sheridan- […]

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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press briefing at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Governor reported that coronavirus-related hospitalizations have declined over 30% since November 20th.  Nebraska is currently in the “yellow” phase of its pandemic response plan. Gov. Ricketts also shared […]

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  In a pandemic year that had colleges across the nation bracing for unprecedented decreases in enrollment – Mid-Plains Community College not only weathered the storm, it also had the smallest decline in enrollment out of all community colleges in Nebraska. That’s according to Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education “Estimated Fall Enrollment Report” released […]

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On Wednesday morning, DHHS Incident Commander Angie Ling provided Nebraskans with an update on COVID-19 vaccines administered thus far and plans for the next few weeks.   (Video Courtesy NET Nebraska)

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The Kearney Concert Association (KCA) has announced that is has again been forced to modify our 2020-2021 concert season. Due to Covid-19 issues, there will be no concerts until the fall of 2021. By waiting until the fall, artists will once again be able to make touring financially supportable and it should be safe for […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board met for their regular monthly meeting Monday night. Superintendent Bill McAllister says COVID-19 numbers have decreased even more. The School District also announced on Monday that the current guidelines for Winter Sports will continue through at least January 4th with the exception of Grandparents now being allowed. Two Board Members […]

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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Governor reminded Nebraskans that updated Directed Health Measures (DHMs) took effect on Saturday, December 12th as part of the State’s transition from the “orange” to “yellow” phase of its […]

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On Monday afternoon, Unified Command announced 161 new cases of COVID 19 in the region and two additional deaths since last reporting Thursday. The deaths include a Kimball County man in his 90’s and a Scotts Bluff County man in his 80’s. The new cases include: Banner County – 2 Box Butte County- 20 Cheyenne […]

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  The Gothenburg City County will take up request to implement a mandatory mask mandate in their community. An agenda item for discussion is set for their Tuesday December 15th meeting that will begin at 5:30pm. Dr. Anna Dalrymple wrote in a letter to the City Council that a mask mandate would help keep businesses […]

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The Food and Drug Administration is in the final steps of approving two COVID-19 vaccines prior to shipments being distributed throughout the country, including Nebraska. “Regional West expects the initial stock of the vaccine to be delivered in the next two to three weeks,” said Paulette Schnell, Regional West Community Health Director and Scotts Bluff […]

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OMAHA – Nebraska may relax its coronavirus restrictions as early as Saturday after a recent decline in hospitalized patients, but state officials have underlined that residents should still avoid crowded areas and confined spaces to keep the virus from spreading. Gov. Pete Ricketts says the state may revert to fewer restrictions because the number of […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts wrapped up the work week  by providing his third COVID-19 update of the week on Friday morning in the Governor’s Hearing Room. Ricketts urged Nebraskans to keep avoiding the 3 C’s, practice safe social distancing, and discouraged holiday parties. Ricketts says Nebraska is on track to receive its first round of vaccines […]

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