Gov. Pete Ricketts is rejecting a call from two state lawmakers to resume normal school and business activities in Nebraska right away. He says doing so could lead to a surge in new cases that might overwhelm the state’s hospitals. Ricketts says he will stick with the state’s current plan, which includes statewide school closures and restrictions on businesses and social gatherings until at least April 30. His remarks at his daily coronavirus press briefing came in response to a question about a newspaper column by state Sens. Steve Halloran and Steve Erdman.
Nebraska has seen almost 800 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state health department on Sunday reported 790 cases on Sunday. That's up 90 from the number reported Saturday. Seventeen people have died from the illness. The uptick came as some churchgoers attended drive-in Easter services from their cars to ensure social distancing. The Lincoln Journal Star reports one church held services at a fairground, where attendees listened from their car radios.