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 Additional Case Identified   LINCOLN – Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RHD) has identified an additional case of COVID-19.  The Washington County resident is a female in her 90s and is self-isolating at home. This case is related to the Carter House outbreak and has been identified through a contact investigation according to 3RHD. Carter House is […]

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The Scotts Bluff County Health Department today confirmed that a male in his 30s residing in Scotts Bluff County has tested positive for COVID-19. The investigation has begun, and more details will be released when available.  This case is not connected to the recently confirmed case in Goshen County. “The person has isolated at their […]

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Today we report a total of six lab confirmed cases. Our first two cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 26, 2020. We have determined there is community spread and issued a Directed Health Measure for Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties on March 28, 2020. During the first weeks of COVID-19 spread in the United […]

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will now provide daily updates to the state’s COVID-19 case totals via its new Data Dashboard at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus, instead of the evening news release. Local health departments continue to announce new cases as they are reported in their jurisdictions. DHHS will continue to issue news releases […]

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Madison County reported a new case of COVID-19, which has been identified as community transmitted. It’s a man in his 70s who currently resides at a long-term care facility in Norfolk. He is self-isolating. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected […]

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On Saturday, March 28th, Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) learned of a positive COVID-19 case, deemed to be community spread, in Norfolk. A man in his 70s, a resident of St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center, has contracted COVID-19. After thorough interview and investigation, it is unclear as to how the resident became […]

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Holdrege- -Two travel-related cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified today. The cases are a female in her 50s from Gosper County and a female in her 30s from Buffalo County. Both women are self-isolating at home. Two Rivers is continuing to investigate contacts associated with these individuals. People who are concerned they may […]

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  LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the state’s third COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties, which will be in effect until May 6th unless renewed.   The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect […]

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LINCOLN – On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to expedite the entry of medical professionals into the workforce.  Nebraska currently has ample providers to meet the demand for care.  The purpose of the order is to prepare for the possibility of a surge in COVID-19 cases and/or the unavailability of some medical professionals […]

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LINCOLN- The Department of Health and Human Services has added more counties to follow Directed Health Measures assigned by them due to COVID-19. New as of Friday evening, March 27th, the DHHS has Directed Health Measures are also hereby ordered for Hall, Hamilton, York, Seward, Butler, Polk and Merrick counties,  and continue until May 6, […]

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The first and second deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today. The first death was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions from Douglas County. He had contact with a known COVID-19 case out of state and had been self-isolated […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts’ Office  <https://governor.nebraska.gov/> https://governor.nebraska.gov/ NEW Gov. Ricketts issued an executive order today to waive some licensing restrictions on health care professionals. This will waive some licensing restrictions for health care workers, waive licensing fees for renewals and new practices, reduce some supervision requirements and waive FBI background checks.  Gov. Ricketts said he want […]

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It is with deep sadness that Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a COVID-19-related death of a hospitalized woman with underlying health issues in her 60s in Hall County. This is the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first death reported in the Central District. All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission important dates in April. April 5 – Light Goose Conservation Order closes in Rainwater Basin and West zones April 11 – Spring youth shotgun turkey season opens April 18 – Spring shotgun turkey season opens April 15 – Light Goose Conservation […]

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The Douglas County Health Department says a man in his 50’s has died as a result from the Coronavirus. Officials say the man also suffered from serious underlying health conditions and is the first COVID-19 death in Douglas County, as well as in Nebraska. DCHD officials say the man had contact with a known COVID-19 […]

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KEARNEY – McKenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation is teaming with the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and Fanatics Sports Bar to provide a free hot meal to those age 60 and over. Meals of Hope is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 2100 Central Ave. in Kearney, which is in front of Fanatics. […]

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YORK COUNTY- Earlier this week the York County Commissioners signed off on a disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 public health threat. It was done at this time so that they can access financial resources from state and federal agencies if necessary. The declaration acknowledges that Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets has already declared a […]

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Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County. CDHD has […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a new executive order allowing restaurants and bars to provide mixed drinks with lids for takeout. “Our restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “I’ve signed an executive order to help them by allowing takeout for pre-made cocktails and […]

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“Your ballot is waiting for you – request it, cast it!” LINCOLN- Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Governor Pete Ricketts confirmed today that Nebraska’s 2020 statewide primary election will take place May 12, as planned.  During the Governor’s daily Covid-19 response press conference Thursday, Secretary Evnen reminded voters that Nebraska is a ‘no excuse’ […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to expand access to childcare options during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.    The order is intended to activate nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and schools to help provide the care families need now.  It eases the licensing requirements to open and operate a temporary, non-residential child care in […]

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  LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a new executive order allowing restaurants and bars to provide mixed drinks with lids for takeout. “Our restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “I’ve signed an executive order to help them by allowing takeout for pre-made cocktails […]

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Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department received an update regarding the first positive COVID-19 case in Norfolk. More testing is underway to attempt to determine where the woman may have acquired the infection—including potential analysis of the virus itself to determine the likelihood of whether the illness was acquired overseas. The original lab specimen was […]

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Holdrege- Additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Buffalo, and Kearney counties. New cases include:  One Kearney County resident – A man in his 20s who is currently self-isolating.  Two Buffalo County residents – A woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s who are currently hospitalized. Contact investigations are […]

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March 26, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) Gov. Pete Ricketts’ Office Gov. Ricketts reminded people to: Stay home if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath. Make an appointment with their healthcare provider to determine whether they have influenza, allergies, a cold or COVID-19; and Have all members of a household should stay home if […]

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Updated March 25, 2020 (Library section) In addition to the health advisories already issued by the City (and practically everyone else), as of March 16, 2020, until further notice, the City of Lexington has limited, restricted, and temporarily closed several functions. For everyone’s safety and health, these measures are in line with recommendations from state […]

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Not many college students can say they spent spring break on the front lines of the pandemic battle, but four University of Wyoming students and two recent graduates can. They, along with Dr. Brant Schumaker, a veterinary epidemiologist and UW associate professor, answered the call to help the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne with […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts again provided an update to the media on the latest on Coronavirus in Nebraska, and began today’s briefing with a bit of good news regarding “Patient One,” the first Nebraskan who tested positive for the virus. Ricketts also said that the State Fire Marshal has modified rules to help folks living in […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A drive-thru clinic has opened in Lincoln where one person in each vehicle can be tested for influenza, respiratory illnesses and COVID-19. The testing organized by Bryan Health runs from 2 to 6 p.m. daily at Bryan LifePointe. Officials say people seeking the tests must have referrals from their doctors or through […]

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  Nebraskans who have questions or are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency now have an easy way to get legal advice and help.   The free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance. Hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska, working […]

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LINCOLN – Two community-transmitted cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified Wednesday– One in Lancaster County and one in Saunders County. Both cases were reported Tuesday. Another community transmitted case was identified Tuesday in Sarpy County. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where […]

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    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts put a halt to residential evictions in Nebraska, by entering an order putting on hold the right of landlords to file certain legal actions to evict for non-payment of rent through May 31.   This action will now protect hardworking Nebraska tenants who are and will be affected by […]

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that, due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Department will halt Federal Student Aid collection actions and wage garnishments to provide additional assistance to borrowers. This flexibility will last for a period of at least 60 days from March 13, 2020. “These are difficult times […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the state’s second COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Lancaster, Dodge, and Saunders counties, which will be in effect until May 6th unless renewed.  Washington County will also now be under a DHM until May 6th. The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and […]

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    March 25, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) Governor Pete Ricketts’ Office Gov. Ricketts’s news releases   NEW Please consider subscribing to the Governor’s Office news release list to stay up-to-date on new information released from the Governor’s office. You can subscribe by visiting: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/NEGOV/subscriber/new The Governor has been holding daily news conferences at 2 p.m. to address the […]

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(Lincoln, NE) ––Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) offered the following statement today on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package coming up for a vote in the Senate. “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.  People are suffering, and America is uncertain.  The bill acts to protect America’s health care system, protect individuals and families, and protect small […]

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  In a letter being sent to parents and students, Lexington Public Schools Supt. John Hakonson says all buildings will remain closed and school activities canceled through May 1st. Hakonson says the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and in part to the recommendation from the Two Rivers Public Health Department.   […]

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WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF Rural Housing Service Single-Family […]

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission shared this posting on Business ideas in these times.   Yesterday, March 24, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a Facebook Live event to discuss ideas on flexibly continuing business operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  He was joined by Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Tony Goins; Natalie Micale, Owner of Oh […]

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Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson today issued guidance and a warning to Nebraskans to avoid potential scams related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, scammers often exploit difficult times by preying on the consumer’s fear and sense of urgency. Attorney General Peterson reminds Nebraskans that he and his office are diligently monitoring and investigating consumer complaints related […]

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Panhandle Humane Society Executive Directory Amy Bartholomew says she and her staff have been making changes at the shelter in response to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic. KNEB.tv’s Ryan Murphy caught up with her on Tuesday to talk about the changes and its impact on their daily operations.

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts is urging Nebraska residents to quarantine themselves for at least two weeks if they’ve recently traveled anyplace that has seen a big outbreak of the new coronavirus, including major U.S. cities. Ricketts is issuing the new precaution as state officials try to keep the virus from spreading, but he […]

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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have issued a third statewide order, closing non-essential personal services. The order goes into effect today and extends through April 3. The order is focused on businesses where appropriate social distancing measures are not practical.  The closure applies to nail salons, hair salons and […]

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 Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to aid local nonprofit organizations in the North Platte area that are providing basic needs to people impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the consequences of the outbreak. “100% of donations received will be used to help local nonprofits deal with responding to the COVID-19 […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland and acting White House chief […]

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 LINCOLN – Additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Saunders, Washington and Lancaster counties. New cases include: A woman in her 50s from Saunders County who is currently self-isolating. Two Washington County residents – A woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s who is currently hospitalized. Both are residents of an […]

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  March 24, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.)   Nebraska Emergency Management Agency https://nema.nebraska.gov/news NEW Businesses and individuals do not need to be placed on an essential business or worker list with the State of Nebraska. No restrictions or limitations have been placed on commerce in the state. Businesses have been asked to follow the rules of limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer […]

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Because of the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus and in the interest of protecting the public and county employees, the Stanton County Board has suspended public access to the courthouse and county buildings except by limited appointment only for at least 2 weeks effective March 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM (close of business). Restrictions to […]

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For the safety of the public and staff, Furnas County will be limiting direct personal access to the Furnas County Courthouse in Beaver City. Effective on 3-26-2020, the Furnas County Courthouse will have limited access to the public to limit direct contact and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. No walk-in services will be provided. No […]

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York Schools will follow the recommendation from the Four Corners Health Department and Public Health Solutions and keep school closed indefinitely. Superintendent of York Public Schools Dr. Mitch Bartholomew posted this letter on the school’s website. March 24th, 2020 YPS Students, Families, and York Community, On Monday, March 23rd, superintendents in Educational Service Unit 6 […]

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The Four Corners Health Department and Public Health Solutions recommend keeping schools closed indefinitely in the ESU 6 district. They will review the situation again in regards to COVID-19 on April 30th. The letter found below was sent out to ESU 6 schools which includes Centennial, Crete, Dorchester, Exeter-Milligan, Fillmore Central, Heartland, Malcolm, McCool Junction, […]

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts hosted his daily media briefing this afternoon to provide Nebraskans with the latest updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He once again began today’s briefing by commending Nebraskans for continually practicing safe measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Ricketts then addressed updates and clarifications on travel […]

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At a special meeting of the West Point Beemer board of education, Superintendent Bill McAllister said the school buildings will remain closed indefinitely, based on  the recommendations from the Three Rivers and Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Departments.     However, he said he  didn’t want to say they would stay closed the entire school […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s spring concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Smith was scheduled to perform at UNK’s Health and Sports Center on April 9. The concert will not be rescheduled. All ticket purchases using a credit or debit card will be refunded […]

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Nebraska has now been issued the required Federal Declaration of disaster to allow small business owners to apply for low-interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). Any small business owner affected by COVID-19 since the beginning of January 2020 can apply for the loan here. Applications can be submitted online through the SBA Disaster website. The […]

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lynch Appointed as Fraud Coordinator   U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly of the District of Nebraska  today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov. In coordination with the Department of […]

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  Ten schools in the southeast Nebraska Educational Service Unit No. 5 will remain closed through Friday, May1st. The announcement also suggests the possibility of being closed through the end of the school year. It’s described as a precautionary public health measure as local health and school officials monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The news […]

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LINCOLN – Additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in several Nebraska counties: New cases include: A man and a woman in their 60s who are Washington County residents. They recently traveled and are self-isolating at home. A woman in her 30s from Madison County who is self-isolating at home – https://elvphd.org/. Three cases in Sarpy and […]

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LINCOLN – Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraskans will have until July 15, 2020 to pay state income taxes.  For Nebraskans impacted by COVID-19, this change will give them additional flexibility.  Nebraskans who are not impacted by the virus should consider filing by the traditional April 15th date. Jason Jackson, Director of the Nebraska Department […]

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  Crete, NE — Today Doane University learned that a Doane student has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at their home. On March 14, after returning from spring break, the student went into Smith Hall, a residence hall on Doane’s Crete campus, to retrieve their belongings and move out for the remainder of the […]

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The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department this evening released more information about tests for COVID-19. ELVPHD confirms one person has tested positive for the coronavirus in Madison County. There are no confirmed cases in Burt, Cuming and Stanton Counties. Five people have been tested in Cuming County, five in Burt County, two in Stanton […]

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Lawmakers reconvened March 23 and approved an amendment that would provide emergency funding to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic in Nebraska. Offered by Gering Sen. John Stinner, the amendment would replace the contents of his LB1198, which senators previously had advanced to the second round of debate. The amendment would appropriate a total of $83.6 […]

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  Omaha, Neb. — The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska today released a statewide survey in Nebraska to assess the impact of COVID-19 on early childhood programs serving young children and families in the state. The survey was developed in collaboration with statewide early childhood partners.   Nebraska is one of the top states […]

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OMAHA, Neb.- Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) today announced it has donated industrial ethanol to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) for the use in the production of hand sanitizer. “It has never been more imperative for Green Plains employees to help support local communities and do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” […]

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Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scotts Bluff County announces that the Scotts Bluff County Administration Building is temporarily restricted to the public. If you have business with any office located within the Administration Building, please contact that office to set up an appointment in order to transact that business, or determine whether […]

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Over the last several days, the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court has received requests from a number of individuals and organizations to impose some kind of moratorium on eviction hearings in the Courts and is mindful of the difficulties presented. Eviction hearings in Nebraska are governed by statutes duly enacted by the Legislature. […]

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YORK-  Green Plains Inc. in York announced during  Governor Pete Ricketts’ COVID-19 Response Update on Monday afternoon that they will be producing ethanol to donate to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for the production of hand sanitizer. Green Plains Inc. produces 50 million gallons of 200-proof industrial ethanol each year, and with the increased […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (March 23, 2020) – Nebraska Tourism has changed the start date of the 2020 Nebraska Passport program to May 23, Memorial Day weekend. The start date has been pushed back because of current uncertainty due to COVID-19. The program typically starts on May 1.  The end date of the program has also been extended […]

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The Department of Homeland Security affirmed just how important agriculture is to the U.S., especially during a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak. DHS says public health, law enforcement, food and agriculture, defense, and 12 other industries are “critical,” and should keep to their usual work schedules to help respond to the outbreak. The guidance from […]

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Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska voters may still get a chance to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling even though the new coronavirus has forced activists to stop collecting signatures to place the issues on the November ballot. Organizers from both campaigns say they’re confident they’ll have enough signatures to qualify before the July 2 deadline […]

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YORK- The York City Council approved a local disaster declaration, and it has been signed by mayor Barry Redfern regarding the public health concern of the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration acknowledges that Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has declared a state of emergency for the state. Redfern says that it’s just the paperwork necessary to take […]

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KEARNEY, NE (March 23rd, 2020) The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Kearney Area Community Foundation, has set up a Kearney Area Employee Emergency Relief Fund to help those in our community suffering loss and hardship from the COVID-19 outbreak. To show your support for the KAEER (pronounced Care) Fund, click on […]

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Resources Available at NEworks.nebraska.gov   LINCOLN – Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin encourages workers and businesses to utilize resources available through the Nebraska Department of Labor as they respond to COVID-19. “We understand this is a time of uncertainty for all Nebraskans, and we are here to support workers and employers as they navigate this challenging […]

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“COVID-19 continues  its assault on the nations’ health and financial footing, but the American spirit is still strong. And residents of several Nebraska communities are proving it. Over the weekend,  towns including Oakland had variations of a “Cruise Night,” or “Cruisin’ Main Street.” Sunday at 5pm in Burt county,  hundreds of Oakland residents drove about […]

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LINCOLN – Two additional cases of COVID-19 were identified in two Nebraska counties: A woman in her 40s from Dawson County who recently traveled. She is currently self-isolating at home – https://www.trphd.org/. Douglas County also announced an additional travel-related case today. Both local health departments have initiated contact investigations to identify people who came into […]

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Holdrege, NE — One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Dawson County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation, and have contacted individuals who need to […]

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This evening, the local COVID-19 Unified Command, including ESU #13 and Panhandle Public Health District, released more information regarding COVID-19 and their actions to prevent the spread here in Western Nebraska: After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that all schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed through May 1st, with […]

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  Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in the community. This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed staff for the full 14 days since exposure (CDC guideline). Gothenburg Health […]

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  Safety is the greatest of priorities at Southern Public Power District. As such, we have taken measures in response to COVID-19 with the health and safety of our employees and customers in mind. All of our decisions and measures are formulated based upon information obtained from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), local health […]

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LINCOLN – Ten additional cases of COVID-19 were identified in three Nebraska counties. One case is the family member of the case announced in Lancaster County yesterday. The person is currently self-isolating at home – https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/media/2020/032120a.htm. One case is a man in his 50s from Buffalo County. He is a family member of the case announced yesterday. […]

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Health Officials Continue to Encourage Prevention Behaviors Holdrege, NE — One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Buffalo County male in his 50s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation. […]

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KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney administration is committed to supporting the campus community during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To ensure no Loper goes hungry during this public health crisis, Chancellor Doug Kristensen allocated an additional $10,000 to Big Blue Cupboard, a UNK organization that provides food and hygiene products to students, staff […]

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    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed news that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a statewide economic injury declaration for Nebraska.  The declaration qualifies small businesses throughout the state to apply for SBA disaster assistance loans.   “As Nebraska steps up its efforts to combat coronavirus, we’ve limited the size of public […]

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March 20, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) The State of Nebraska continues to work together in its response to COVID 19. The Department of Health and Human Services is the lead agency for the state’s response. All state agencies are coordinating information and resources and working at the direction of the Governor in support of the state response. Governor […]

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March 20, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) understands the vital nature of the interstate system and the role it plays in keeping supply chains intact as it relates to the response to COVID-19 across the nation. We want to help support those who are transporting vital goods and services across […]

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Two Rivers Public Health Department has identified the first travel related case of COVID-19 in the district. This individual is a Buffalo County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation. Local public health staff continue to work […]

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During Emergencies, Courts are Essential: The Nebraska Judicial Branch remains committed to public safety and to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals. Crime does not stop during an emergency. Likewise, the need to address child neglect and administer juvenile justice continues, as does the need for emergency protection orders. The need to protect vulnerable adults […]

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KEARNEY – In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is advising students, who are able, to move from campus residence halls. Students who need to stay in a residence hall will be allowed to do so and continue to have access to student academic and support services […]

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    Holdrege, NE —   Two Rivers Public Health Department has not identified a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.  Evidence suggests that >80% of COVID-19 infections are mild and might not warrant a healthcare visit or lab test.  Capacity and supplies for COVID-19 laboratory testing are currently limited and being prioritized to highest risk individuals. […]

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SEWARD COUNTY- The Seward County Sheriff’s office released this letter to the public about the front office being closed. (Click to enlarge)  

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Columbus, Neb. – With Nebraskans dealing with challenging times due to the COVID-19 outbreak, phone scammers are still on the prowl according to Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD reported a growing number of scam calls being reported by customers Thursday night. “Unfortunately, this is the type of scam that impacts many of our customers periodically […]

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Free community packs and produce at Trinity Church on March 21   OMAHA, Neb. March 20, 2020 – As families and individuals across Nebraska continue to struggle with the community and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many find themselves in the unfamiliar position of seeking emergency food assistance. WHAT: Food Bank for the Heartland is committed […]

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PRESS RELEASE NOTICE Burt County has made the following decisions regarding the safety, services, and organization within the County Courthouse. We will closely follow the Federal and State guidelines for controlling the COVID-19 virus. Please understand that these guidelines may change rapidly. We will do our best to communicate changes to the media as decisions […]

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Fillmore County has made decisions regarding the safety, services, and organization within the County Offices. We will closely follow the Federal and State guidelines for controlling the COVID-19 virus. Please understand that these guidelines may change rapidly. We will do our best to communicate changes to the media as decisions are made. For the safety […]

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  Lincoln, Neb.– March 19, 2020 – Black Hills Energy’s number one priority is the continued safety of our customers, employees and communities. We continue actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and have measures in place to ensure we continue to serve our customers in a way that is safe for everyone. “We take the health and […]

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  LINCOLN, Thursday, March 19, 2020 – In a proactive effort and in accordance with the guidelines limiting gathering size, the Nebraska Public Service Commission will begin holding its meetings in a virtual setting. “By moving to a virtual environment, we will continue conducting Commission business while at the same time putting the safety of our staff and […]

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LINCOLN – Four additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified in three Nebraska counties. Two cases are Lincoln County residents. One is a female in her 40s who recently traveled to Colorado and the other is a male in his 20s who was in close contact with a person who previously tested positive […]

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Grand Island, Neb. (3/20/20) –The following supplemental information is provided concerning the operation of City of Grand Island departments and offices: CITY HALL: Until further notice, city offices at City Hall are available to the public by telephone and email. Public entry at City Hall must be arranged prior to arrival. Telephone numbers and email […]

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March 19, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) The State of Nebraska is working together in its response to COVID 19 including activation of the State Emergency Operations Center following a State Emergency Declaration by Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 13. While the Department of Health and Human Services is the lead agency for the state’s response to COVID-19, all state agencies […]

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Beside the Point Hair Salon: Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-?. Please do not bring guests with you. CharterWest Bank: Lobby open on weekdays with limited number of customers. Lobby closed on Saturday. Drive-thru still available. Cuming County Public Power District: Closed to the public, payments can be made in the drop box on the […]

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Here are the symptoms you should be looking for of you are concerned about COVID-19. 1.Fever over 100.4 2.Cough 3.Shortness of breath 4.Sore throat These symptoms do not mean you have the virus, however they will be great indicators that you may want to call your doctor. Do not show up without calling first. Most […]

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Fonner Park and the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association (NTBA) have announced a two-week trial period to conduct no-spectator Thoroughbred horse racing. Because of the global COVID-19 outbreak, on March 16, 2020 the traditional Fonner Park horse racing season (with spectators) was suspended until further notice. The […]

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Pender, NE (March 17, 2020) – Pender Community Hospital & Medical Clinics urge the community to be proactive when dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The most important thing people can do right now is to stay home, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. Social distancing is a proven tool to stop or […]

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Homestead Bank is closely monitoring the advice of our President, Centers for Disease Control, our Governor and Department of Health and Human Services.  As a result, our Mission Statement at this time is “to offer uninterrupted service to our customers, while keeping our Homestead Bank Employees, our customers, their families, and our communities safe.”   […]

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  LINCOLN, March 19, 2020 – The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is calling on communications carriers that work to do business in Nebraska to take our PSC pledge to Keep Nebraskans Connected. “Much like the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected pledge, this is a way for Nebraska carriers to commit to keeping our citizens and businesses connected […]

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Due to the great risk of community spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of West Point has put the following actions in place to protect the staff and community: 1. The City Office is closing Friday, March 20th at 5:00 PM to the public and City Staff will only be available by appointment until […]

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KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney Facilities Management and Planning continues to take proactive measures to protect campus against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This includes enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all campus buildings, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Two Rivers Public Health Department. To further protect UNK students […]

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In order to control potential exposure to COVID-19, Cuming County will closely follow the Federal and State guidelines for conducting business at the Cuming County Courthouse. Please understand that safety guidelines may change often and quickly. The Board of Supervisors, under the advisement of Cuming County’s Emergency Management Director, will inform the public of any […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts announced the State’s first Directed Health Measure (DHM) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The DHM imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings.  The measure comes after the Douglas County Public Health Department confirmed its second case of community transmission of COVID-19.  The DHM applies to all communities in Educational Service Units (ESU) […]

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The York Chamber of Commerce and York County Development Corporation (YCDC), are coordinating our efforts to serve the community. Resources for both businesses and families will be shared. Our local media will continue to produce local, accurate news and updates. In addition, YCDC and the Chamber in partnership with Four Corners and community leaders will […]

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YORK- York Public Schools announced Wednesday they will be closed through Friday, April 3rd due to concern about COVID-19. The school would like to pass along this message about the meals provided. “The York Public Schools will be offering free sack meals for breakfast and lunch due to the school closure caused by the COVID-19 […]

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Our associates have been nothing short of heroic in their commitment to serve customers, stock shelves as quickly as possible and keep their stores clean. When their communities needed them the most, our people have been at their best. Their efforts continue to be a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Walmart. Over the […]

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In response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Nebraska, the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking a number of steps to help flatten the curve. Effective immediately, the DMV will no longer be conducting drive tests statewide until further notice. Steps to introduce social distancing will be implemented at State DMV offices, […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference Wednesday afternoon update Nebraskans on the reliability and accessibility of the state’s food supply, as well as clarifying the State’s guidance on social gatherings. Ricketts commended restaurants and bars working to follow CDC guidelines on limiting gatherings to ten people, as well as grocers keeping their stores sanitized. […]

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Lincoln – As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, it’s normal to be worried about catching it – and that’s causing rising anxiety levels globally. In addition to following processes intended to protect physical health, it’s important to pay attention to mental health related to the outbreak. “An outbreak like this affects everyone, and an […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney is taking an additional step to ensure the health of employees and students by asking faculty and staff to work remotely. Remote work will begin Monday (March 23) and continue until further notice. It also applies to student workers. While the university remains open, UNK expects managers to […]

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On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Clay County announces that due to the impacts and concerns of COVID-19 spread county leaders that the need to protect our staff and customers from a potential contact with a person who was unknowingly exposed to COVID-19 and is unintentionally spreading the virus.  Effective immediately Clay County is locking the […]

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Buffalo County, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees have been working to ensure that we continue to deliver service to the citizens while mitigating the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection for our employees and members of the public.  In the interest of protecting the public and our staff’s health and safety from […]

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have introduced an amendment to the House coronavirus legislation to eliminate job-killing paid leave mandates and instead expand eligibility for unemployment insurance to those who aren’t able to earn a paycheck due to coronavirus. “Good intentions aren’t solutions, and Speaker […]

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Hastings, Neb –South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) is announcing the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the four-county health district. The individual is an Adams County female in her 40s who traveled to Europe. She is currently self-isolating at home. SHDHD is leading this response at the community level with support from […]

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LINCOLN – The second community spread case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified in Douglas County today – a man in his 40s who is currently hospitalized. The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) determined he did not become infected while traveling or through contact with a person with COVID-19. He has no travel history, […]

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GENEVA- The Fillmore County Courthouse has made decisions regarding the safety, services and organization within the courthouse in hopes of controlling the COVID-19 Virus. Starting at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 18th, these changes have been implemented. The image below courtesy of the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Facebook page provides details about what the courthouse is […]

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The Museum of Nebraska Art is excited to announce that its art auction for Spirit: A Celebration of Art in the Heartland will be moved to an online format on Qtego, a mobile bidding site. “The social events associated with Spirit are being cancelled out of concern and care for everyone’s well-being,” said Gina Garden, Marketing and Spirit Coordinator for MONA. “The […]

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YORK- York Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mitch Bartholomew,  released a letter stating that they will remain closed through Friday, April 3rd. His letter stated: YPS Students, Families, and York Community – We want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time.  On Monday, the Commissioner of Education and Governor Ricketts instructed schools […]

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YORK- On Wednesday it was announced that the York County Clerk/Register of Deeds/Election Commissioners, Treasurer and Assessor will have their offices closed to the public due to the concern of COVID-19. Elected officials overseeing the departments made the decision to close the offices. They will continue to work but as mentioned the offices will be […]

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The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office (319 East 25th St, York) is currently closed to the public. The office will tentatively reopen on Monday, March 30. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Our top priority is to protect staff members and the public that we serve,” said NRD […]

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The aviation industry has seen significant reductions in demand in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. As a result, SkyWest will suspend service from Kearney to Chicago with United Express, effective April 1. We will continue to monitor demand closely and will make adjustments in the future based on that response. SkyWest is committed to providing […]

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LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is advising farmers, ranchers, and other rural Nebraskans to not underestimate the risk posed by the potential spread of COVID-19. While most of the confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Eastern Nebraska, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson is urging all Nebraskans to take precautions to help […]

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***SCAM ALERT*** The Lexington Police Dept. has received reports of scam phone calls asking for identity information and bank account information. These scamp phone calls are using Covid-19 as a tactic to get this information. These scam phone calls can be anything from fake health organizations or fake charity organizations. As always be very cautious […]

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LINCOLN – Additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). One case is a man in his 30s who is a Sarpy County resident. He had contact with another case who was a business traveler from Virginia who was in the metro area. The […]

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As we continue to closely monitor the evolving nature of the COVID-19 we are taking every precaution to keep our community members as safe as possible. At the moment, there are no known cases in the area. However, because there is no vaccine or medical intervention for COVID-19, we want to keep the chance of […]

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KEARNEY – The Museum of Nebraska Art will be closed to the public until further notice. MONA, located at 2401 Central Ave. in downtown Kearney, announced the closure beginning today following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). During the […]

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The University of Nebraska has canceled the Red-White Spring Game on April 18 out of concern for public health and safety of fans, student-athletes and staff. Refunds All ticket holders for the Spring Game will receive a full refund for their order. Tickets will be automatically refunded onto the credit card used for the original […]

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  Reduce, reuse and recycle are modern day commandments directing the lives of consumers who are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of their consumption habits. Something once shrugged off as insignificant yet completely necessary for the sake of convenience is today facing bans in states across the U.S. Plastic Bags. New York state […]

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“COVID-19 Positive Case” NCDHD Public Service Announcement On Tuesday, March 17th North Central District Health Department was made aware of a positive COVID-19 case in our district. The person is a man in his 30s and a resident in Knox county. He recently traveled to another state where there is community transmission of COVID-19. He […]

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LINCOLN – Additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). One case is a man in his 30s who is a Sarpy County resident. He had contact with another case who was a business traveler from Virginia who was in the metro area. The […]

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Columbus, Neb. – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Nebraska Public Power District is suspending all “walk-in traffic” at its service centers around the state beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. This decision by the District is based on guidance from state and federal agencies and is in the best interest of the safety and […]

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  Mid-Plains Community College is canceling a number of its upcoming events in an attempt to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect its students, staff and the communities that it serves. Staff are still on campus and will continue to answer phone calls and emails. Whenever possible, prospective students and the public […]

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  In addition to the health advisories already issued by the City (and practically everyone else), as of March 16, 2020, until further notice, the City of Lexington has limited, restricted, and temporarily closed several functions. For everyone’s safety and health, these measures are in line with recommendations from state and federal Health and Human […]

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Lexington Regional Health Center is taking precautionary action to protect our patients, visitors, and staff from Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19. At the moment, there are no known cases in our area (per the Two Rivers Public Health Department https://www.trphd.org/). However because there is no vaccine or medical intervention for COVID-19, we want to keep the chance of […]

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Click here for Covid-19 Modified Menu  Lexington Public Schools is offering Free meals to children ages 1 – 18 during the school closing as a result of the Covid-19 virus. The packaged meals will be available at Lexington High School, 705 W 13th St from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Meal service will start on […]

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A letter from Interim President of Concordia University, Russel L. Sommerfeld about classes being online for the rest of the semester at Concordia. Dear Concordia Community, As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread across Nebraska and the United States, Concordia University, Nebraska has prayerfully and proactively responded by implementing measures, based on the most recent guidance […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced today new event restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These restrictions take effect Friday and continue through the end of the spring semester (May 8). All UNK-sponsored events, both on and off campus, that involve more than 10 people will be postponed […]

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Nebraska Public Power District is suspending all “walk-in traffic” at its service centers around the state beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. This decision by the District is based on guidance from state and federal agencies and is in the best interest of the safety and health of NPPD […]

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YORK- Chairman of the York County Commissioners, Randy Obermier, says that the county offices and the courthouse will remain open and running during the coronavirus concerns. He also said that the election is still on and that the first tax collections are coming up also. Obermier said that they are looking into the installation of […]

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LINCOLN – As Nebraskans are taking preventative measures against COVID-19, the Drinking Water division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would like to remind everyone that drinking water remains safe to use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water, and that […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump wants the government to send checks to Americans in the next two weeks in an effort to curb the economic cost of the coronavirus outbreak. That’s according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said Tuesday that “The president has instructed me we have to do this now.” He didn’t […]

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Instead of writing about the week’s happenings at the Capitol, I wanted to take some time and update constituents of the region on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting this session currently and how it may continue to affect the session.  I’m writing this as of March 16th, 2020. We ended last week by voting […]

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Holdrege, NE – Two Rivers Public Health Department is asking the public to be prepared for a surge of positive coronavirus cases in their seven-county district. Currently there are no positive cases in the district but Health Director Jeremy Eschliman says being prepared now will protect the most vulnerable populations. Two Rivers believes that canceling […]

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NORFOLK, Neb. – As an institution with a mission that says it is dedicated to the region it serves, Northeast Community College is continually working to ensure that the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff and guests. This has been most evident with the on-going developments regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of Monday, there […]

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YORK- Of course with the public health concern about COVID-19 many colleges have gone to classes online, and York College is no different. In case you missed it, on March 12th the college announced they will begin classes Wednesday, March 18th online  through a minimum of Friday, April 3rd. York College Provost Shane Mountjoy shared […]

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Gibbon, NE (March 16, 2020) – In order to protect the health and well-being of the staff, volunteers and visitors and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Audubon is closing the Rowe Sanctuary visitors’ center until March 31. To protect cranes and their roosts, the trails and outdoor areas will also be closed. Audubon […]

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As the spread of COVID-19 continues rapidly, the University of Nebraska is taking several steps to help protect the health of all Nebraska. Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its facilities, parks and events, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is limiting some public access. The Commission aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events […]

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LINCOLN – A federal effort led by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response within the federal Department of Health and Human Services brought state residents on the Grand Princess cruise ship back home to Nebraska. The Grand Princess had been docked off the coast of California after COVID-19 cases were identified on […]

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KEARNEY – Academic operations will transition fully to remote learning at the University of Nebraska at Kearney beginning Wednesday (March 18), Chancellor Doug Kristensen announced today. This is in response to changing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local officials in response to the health threat from the coronavirus (COVID-19). […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – National Junior College Athletic Association President and CEO Christopher Parker announced on Monday that the NJCAA has made the decision to cancel all spring competition beginning March 16 due to the impact of COVID-19. In a press release sent by the NJCAA, Parker said, “in light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 […]

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As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state rises, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is sharing additional guidance on alternate learning environments, nutrition, and assessment. In all recommendations, the priority remains the safety and well-being of all students, educators, staff, and community members. Alternate Learning Environments By Monday, March 23, the NDE […]

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Lexington, NE – Lexington Public Schools (LPS) announced Monday afternoon they will be closed for the next two weeks as a result of the Covid-19 virus. Dr. John Hakonson says this decision did not come easily. LPS follows numerous schools closing across the state to get ahead of the pandemic as it continues to spread. […]

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The Grand Island mayor’s office is carefully monitoring the evolving circumstances presented by the coronavirus. A public health emergency has been declared in the United States, and guidance from public health official suggests that one of the most effective ways to protect against the spread of this disease is to limit exposure, particularly to persons […]

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YORK- A suspension of public access to city facilities in York is in place due to the public health threat of COVID-19.  The facilities will follow the direction that schools in York have chosen, in closing. The library and community center will be closed at the end of their hours on Monday, and officials will […]

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The Nebraska volleyball spring match, scheduled for Saturday, April 25 against Northern Colorado in Grand Island, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 public health threat. The NCAA and Big Ten Conference previously announced that all spring NCAA Championships have been canceled, and the Big Ten has canceled all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the […]

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YORK- York Public Schools has announced its closure for the remainder of the week due to concerns about COVID-19. The letter sent out from Superintendent Dr. Mitch Bartholomew stated: “Dear YPS Families and York Community Members: York Public Schools has decided to close school for the remainder of the week and will evaluate the situation […]

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WASHINGTON – The White House on Monday urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants as part of sweeping guidelines meant to combat an expected surge of coronavirus cases. President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force released the guidelines as the U.S. government moved to […]

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With the school being closed as a result of the Covid-19 virus, Cozad Community Schools is offering Free “Grab and Go” meals to children ages 1 – 18.  The meals will be available at six sites from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Meal service will start on Tuesday, 3/17.  Free Meals will be served week […]

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YORK- York Parks and Recreation made an announcement on Monday afternoon that the City Auditorium will be cancelling all events until April 1st. The Community Center will remain open unless York Public Schools decides to close, which at that time the Community Center would close also. They also mentioned that as of noon on Monday, […]

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(Lenexa, Kan., March 16, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also […]

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In these times of uncertainty and social distancing, the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District understands the uneasiness and anxiety associated with the need to limit exposure to others.  We believe “Exposure” to the great outdoors and everything nature has to offer is an excellent option for individuals feeling cooped up and wanting to get […]

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Millions of students across the U.S. may go without free lunches and breakfasts they receive at schools, as more districts decide to close due to the coronavirus. Many schools are rushing to arrange grab-and-go lunch bags or set up delivery routes so America’s poorest children don’t go hungry while classes are out of session. The […]

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Nebraska Legislative Speaker Jim Scheer released the following statement March 16. “As promised, I am giving you an update on the legislative session in light of COVID-19. In consultation with Senator Hilgers, speaking with public health authorities, the Governor, as well as input from many of you, we have made the decision that the current […]

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Effective Monday, March 16 all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant. Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.

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Effective Monday, March 16 all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant. Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time. As […]

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YORK- York General Hospital is strongly discouraging visiting residents and patients at all their facilities due to the concern of the Coronavirus. If one does decide to visit, a screening process will take place. The Wellness Center has closed as of right now also which includes classes and personal training. They will evaluate the closing […]

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The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature has suspended the current legislative session until further notice. In a statement released from his office to fellow senators and the news media , Senator Jim Scheer said “As promised, I am giving you an update on the legislative session in light of COVID-19. In consultation with Senator Hilgers, […]

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  With the hammer of the COVID-19 pandemic coming down hard on Nebraska and the rest of the United States March 9-13, the Nebraska Legislature is trying to figure out what the coming weeks will look like. At a press conference at the Nebraska State Capitol Friday morning, Gov. Pete Ricketts said there are 13 […]

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Meeting Cancellations: Due to the health concerns about the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the University has decided to cancel all face-to-face meetings beginning March 16th. Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main […]

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By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. I could not be prouder of our associates and what they continue to accomplish for our customers. I don’t think any of us have been through an experience like this, and we continue to be amazed at what our people, whether in the […]

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LINCOLN – Public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories are working daily to increase Nebraska’s capacity to test more people for COVID-19. Currently, testing supplies are limited. Local, state, and federal partners are working to expand testing supplies and the ability to promptly test people experiencing symptoms. Due to testing limitations, health care providers and local […]

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Letter from Mid-Plains Community College President, Ryan Purdy: Good Evening, After discussions with local public health officials, state representatives, and other regional school partners, Mid-Plains Community College will be cancelling classes Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 28 in our continued effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the communities within our service area. […]

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LINCOLN – Public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories are working daily to increase Nebraska’s capacity to test more people for COVID-19. Currently, testing supplies are limited. Local, state, and federal partners are working to expand testing supplies and the ability to promptly test people experiencing symptoms. Due to testing limitations, health care providers and […]

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Burwell, NE – A patient within Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) jurisdiction is being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been placed in Person Under Investigation (PUI) status per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. LBPHD is working in conjunction with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) […]

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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, through the end of the month. The decision was made based on the announcement on Saturday, March 14, by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts of the state’s first case of community spread and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on events and […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday. A government official says the first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine that day. The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial that is taking place at a Kaiser Permanente research facility […]

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Two new cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, have been confirmed in Douglas County residents, including one that was announced Saturday, March 14, as being under investigation. The Douglas County Health Department has continued an extensive contact investigation and determined there also are additional public exposures.   One of these individuals, a woman in her […]

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The West Point Beemer and Oakland-Craig school districts are among some of the latest districts to decide to cancel classes because of the effort to control the spread of the  coronavirus.   West Point will hold classes today (Monday) with no after school program.   Then schools will be closed for approximately two weeks. ESU 2 […]

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     Lexington Public Schools will hold their teacher in-service as planned for tomorrow(Monday) but, school will be closed for students and staff for a minimum of two weeks after that.   All school events and activities will be canceled during the closure.    All in response to minimizing any COVID-19 potential.   Superintendent Dr. John Hakonson […]

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State total now 18   LINCOLN – The first community transmitted case of coronavirus disease 2019 was identified in Douglas County yesterday. Today, contact investigations related to cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County also have identified several events and locations in the Omaha area and Sarpy County that could result in potentially high numbers of people […]

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After new guidance from Panhandle Public Health District, all schools in the Nebraska Panhandle (ESU 13 service area) will be closed for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16th through at least Friday, March 27th. This decision will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 27, 2020, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended […]

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CHICAGO (AP) — Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. Governors were closing restaurants, bars, and schools as the nation […]

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Federal courts in Nebraska are nixing all jury trials and grand juries for the rest of the month in a move to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, state courts in Iowa and Nebraska are taking some precautions. An order from Nebraska’s Supreme Court chief justice says those at elevated risk of […]

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With the United States expansion of the travel ban, and the desire to flatten the COVID-19 curve and not overwhelm our medical community, Kearney Public Schools, along with Hastings and Grand Island Public Schools, will be extending students’ Spring Break starting tomorrow, March 16 through March 29. There has not been a confirmed case in […]

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska health officials have identified the state’s first coronavirus case that was transmitted through “community spread” of the disease along with two new travel-related cases. The Douglas County Health Department said Saturday that a woman in her 60s who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 started having symptoms before she traveled. Community […]

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LINCOLN – The first community spread case of coronavirus disease 2019 was identified in Douglas County today. It is the woman in her 60s who tested positive yesterday and was reported as a travel-related case. The Douglas County Health Department’s continuing investigation determined her symptoms were present before she traveled so the case is now being […]

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Lincoln –As Nebraska continues to adjust to a new normal as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 on the state, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has set up a coronavirus (COVID-19) information line that will allow residents to get answers to general questions and receive information on resources available. That […]

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  LINCOLN – A child is the latest presumptive positive family member of the Nebraska woman who recently traveled to California and Nevada and tested positive for COVID-19. Bringing the total number of members in one family to seven and the state total to 14. They live in Douglas County and are self-isolating at home. The […]

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  Read the declaration by clicking here.    LINCOLN – As Nebraska continues to take proactive steps to address COVID-19, Governor Pete Ricketts has signed an emergency declaration, so regulatory provisions of state law can be suspended to aid the state’s response.  This has also allowed him to issue an Executive Order waiving certain hauling requirements for truckers […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued guidance for school closures and provided an update on the state’s preparations for COVID-19 along with education and business leaders.   “I am issuing guidance today to help schools and families understand when state-directed closures will occur,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Until the thresholds in the guidance are met, school […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued guidance for school closures and provided an update on the state’s preparations for COVID-19 along with education and business leaders. “I am issuing guidance today to help schools and families understand when state-directed closures will occur,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Until the thresholds in the guidance are met, school districts will […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – National Junior College Athletic Association President and CEO Christopher Parker announced on Friday that the NJCAA has made the decision to suspend all spring competition beginning March 14 through April 3 due to the impact of COVID-19. In a press release sent by the NJCAA, Parker said, “Our goal is to look after […]

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The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and its member institutions announced the suspension of all GPAC intercollegiate sports activities (which includes organized practice and competition), starting on Monday, March 16, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. The GPAC Council of Presidents will meet on Friday, March 27 to re-evaluate this fluid situation. The decision is the […]

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Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County residents. These latest individuals to become sick are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s. Both of them traveled recently. DCHD epidemiologists are tracing the contacts of these individuals in our on-going efforts to contain this […]

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ARLINGTON, VA – In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) in the United States and the virus’s potential impact on domestic and international markets, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the following:   “As the organization representing U.S. dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own, the National Milk Producers Federation […]

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SEWARD, NE (03/12/2020) Concordia University, Nebraska today announced spring break will be extended one week and moving to an online-only class format starting Monday, March 23. The University has been working closely with local healthcare officials and receiving guidance from the CDC on how to safely continue providing academic experiences for our students while minimizing […]

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  Crete, NE — Due to the threat of COVID-19, Doane University has made the decision to cancel all in-person classes next week (March 16-22), extending the current Spring Break of its Crete residential students one additional week. This includes the cancellation of courses on Doane’s Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island campuses. Those programs would be […]

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The State Leadership Conferences/Conventions for Nebraska Department of Education student organizations have been canceled. This includes: · DECA (March 18-21) · HOSA (March 22-24) · Educators Rising (March 25) · FBLA (March 30-April 1) · FFA (April 1-3) · SkillsUSA (April 2-4) · FCCLA (April 5-7) The Nebraska Department of Education made it official on […]

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From Bennington Public School District 3/12:     The Bennington Public School District has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and providing regular updates to the Bennington community as the situation changes. The health and safety of our community continues to be our primary concern in this fluid situation, and we […]

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This announcement on Twitter:   Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.     This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do […]

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The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns about spread of the coronavirus. The Ancient Order of Hibernians Fr. Flanagan Division announced today that the post-parade party at Annie’s Irish Pub, 1101 Davenport St. in the Capitol District, will go on as scheduled. It will […]

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(click on  podcasts to hear interview with President Ted Carter) All four University of Nebraska campuses announced today that as COVID-19 continues to spread, they will transition to remote-access learning after spring break in order to help protect the health and safety of their communities. Classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at […]

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All four University of Nebraska campuses announced today that as COVID-19 continues to spread, they will transition to remote-access learning after spring break in order to help protect the health and safety of their communities. UNK will meet face-to-face next week but is moving to virtual, online or alternative instruction beginning the first day of […]

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MARCH 11 (NEB.)  — The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) is launching a virtual visitor system to keep veterans’ home members and their families connected while the facilities are limiting entry. Access to the four state veterans’ homes is currently limited to NDVA teammates and medical professionals only as a precaution against coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure. […]

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LINCOLN – Local health departments are leading the community-level COVID-19 response with support from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A high school student from Knox County located in Northeast Nebraska has tested positive for COVID-19 . The student has underlying health conditions and was transferred to the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine/University […]

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From Cuming County Emergency Management:   Cuming County’s Department of Emergency Management is urging citizens experiencing any type of illness, especially cold and flu symptoms, to stay home.  In an attempt to lessen the risk of spreading the COVID-19 (CoronaVirus), particularly among the elderly population, individuals with symptoms who have business at the Courthouse are […]

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From  the North  Central District Health Department:     On the evening of March 10th, North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of the first presumptive positive coronavirus case in our district. The person is a high school student who  attends school at Crofton High School in Knox County. NCDHD has identified the […]

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Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has identified the first known case of a state resident with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said the patient is an adult female from Sheridan County with some recent […]

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March 11, 2020 4:15pm The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. This is especially important because mildly symptomatic individuals can […]

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Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – “Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited. The tournament venues and game times remain […]

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March 11, 2020, Lincoln – Three statewide organizations representing local school boards, teachers and administrators have proposed that school staff who experience symptoms of a virus be granted paid medical leave to stay home and seek medical attention. The Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the Nebraska State Education Association […]

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The Norfolk Public Schools has informed parents that one of its teachers has been sent home after being exposed to COVID-19:     “Dear Families,                                                        As you have […]

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No more school this week at Bancroft-Rosalie Public Schools. They posted this on their Facebook Page: B-R is dismissing today (Wednesday)  @ 12 p.m. & remain closed the rest of the week. Students’ ipads/computers are being sent home w/them & they will have homework to complete. This is a precautionary measure in relation to COVID-19 […]

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Despite concerns of large crowds gathering due to the coronavirus, Roger Dixon, president of the Metropolitan convention and Entertainment Authority (MECA) announced today that the NCAA’s first and second round men’s basketball games will be held as scheduled starting next week.    

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Central Connecticut State’s baseball team has declined to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to play Creighton this weekend because of concerns about the coronavirus.     The three-game series was supposed to be played Friday through Sunday. Central Connecticut State’s athletic department says team schedules are being adjusted. Connecticut had several […]

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A fourth and fifth case of coronavirus was announced yesterday in Nebraska, with final confirmation still needed by the CDC. The fifth person is from northeast Nebraska. And although the Dept of Health didn’t indicate where, Crofton Public Schools has issued a letter to parents saying they’re closing school the rest of this week and […]

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Lincoln, Neb. — In light of the ongoing developments related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and its impact on financial markets, the Nebraska Department of  Banking and Finance (NDBF) is urging Nebraskans to beware of con artists seeking to capitalize on fear and uncertainty. “We know con artists are opportunistic and use current events to cloak their […]

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pdated March 9, 2020 Background CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is warning that Nebraska could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for the next nine to 12 months, and he’s urging the public to take precautionary steps to keep it from spreading.     Ricketts says the number of known cases in Nebraska has risen to three, but […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board discussed the district’s Coronavirus/Pandemic plan at Monday night’s meeting. Superintendent Bill McAllister says when it comes to staying in session or cancelling classes, they’ll simply listen to the DHHS. As far as P2T goes, it was said during the meeting that Executive Director Joe Peitzmeier is now the Interim Superintendent […]

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The Pottawattamie County Health Department confirms a presumptive positive case of the coronovirus. At a news conference today, officials said the woman, who is between 41 and 60 years of age, recently traveled to California. She has underlying health risks. She is an employee of Panera Bread in Council Bluffs at the Metro Crossing Shopping […]

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SOAVE, Italy (AP) — The battle to halt the coronavirus is bringing sweeping new restrictions. Italy expanded a lockdown of northern regions to a travel ban covering the entire country. Israel ordered all visitors quarantined just weeks before Passover and Easter. Officials in Spain closed schools in and around the capital.     Global oil […]

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 7.8%, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008, as a free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from the spreading coronavirus outbreak seize markets.     The sharp drops triggered the first automatic halts in trading in two decades. The price of oil plunged nearly […]

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been all over the news and top of mind for Americans as the virus reaches new corners of the world.  As it spreads, we’re working hard to make Nebraska the best-prepared state in the country.  We’ll need everyone’s help to blunt its impact on Nebraska and to keep our families and […]

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This item was placed on the  Oakland-Craig Public School website Sunday: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS GERALD BRAND SUNDAY, MARCH 08, 2020 Dear families, By now you know that cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been found in the United States. We understand that this news is worrisome and that extra attention will be placed […]

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say two family members of an Omaha woman with COVID-19 have now tested positive for the disease.     The Douglas County Health Department said the family members with the disease caused by the new coronavirus have been quarantining themselves at home since Friday when the 36-year-old woman was […]

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No school today or tomorrow at Logan View Public Schools, but all activities already scheduled  outside of the school will continue.  This notice was placed on the school’s website over the weekend.     School Cancellation – Monday, March 9th & Tuesday, March 10th Logan View Public Schools is cancelling classes on Monday, March 9th […]

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(Mar. 7, 2020) Fremont Public Schools, Midland University, Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools, Trinity Lutheran School and the Fremont Family YMCA announced today that due to notification by Three Rivers Public Health and the following activities are being cancelled or postponed out of an abundance of caution. This is a preventative measure to mitigate, suppress and delay […]

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