Counties Insist On Mask Usage As State Covid Total Surpasses 39,000
There are now more than 39-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska. Nearly 450 new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 39-thousand-419. Officials have confirmed 449 COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska since the pandemic began. School districts in Pottawattamie County are urging people to follow COVID-19 safety measures. Council Bluffs, Lewis Central, AHSTW, Riverside, Treynor, Tri-Center, and Underwood schools are taking part in the "Together We Can" program. The districts launched a video on social media yesterday to promote the use of facemasks in schools. Lancaster County residents will have to wear face coverings in public for a few more weeks. According to a new Directed Health Measure, people will be required to wear facemasks in public until October 31st at 11:59 p.m. The order applies to anyone over the age of five.
UPDATE 9/18/20: The Omaha City Council will consider another extension to it's face mask mandate. Council Member Pete Festerson's proposed extension will keep the COVID-19 prevention ordinance in place until November 24th. It was set to expire October 20th. If approved, it will be the second time ordinance is extended. The original mandate, passed back in August, was set to end September 15th.