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Nebraska has passed the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus, and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 remains high in the state. Officials reported 29 new deaths Monday to give the state 1,018 total since the pandemic began. The state also reported 1,941 new cases of the virus to push the total up to 128,407. The number of people being treated for the virus in hospitals grew Monday to 907 from the previous day’s 896. That remains below the record of 987 that was set on Nov. 20, but the total is four times higher than it was two months ago. 

CNBC

Gov. Pete Ricketts is extending Nebraska’s current coronavirus restrictions through December as the number of residents hospitalized with the virus dipped below 900 for the first time in more than two weeks. The current restrictions require masks in certain businesses, such as salons and tattoo parlors, where it’s difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance between people. They had been set to expire Monday. Despite the decline in hospitalizations, hospitals remained strained across the state.

Foodbank for the Heartland has a mission: To provide emergency and supplemental food to the people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.  In a pandemic induced climate of ever increasing food insecurity, Foodbank for the Heartland needs your help now more than ever…Through donations, volunteering your time to fill backpacks in a socially distanced environment, or to simply drive through on December 5th and drop of some non-perishable foods.

Communications Manager Angie Grote chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the great work being done and the desperate needs still to be met.

More information can be found at https://foodbankheartland.org/

Norfolk Daily News

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is acknowledging that state officials should have moved more quickly to interview people who contracted the coronavirus in recent weeks so they could warn others who may have been exposed. Ricketts says the recent surge in virus cases created a backlog of people who needed to be called, and officials within his administration didn’t add more workers to help with the extra workload. The state now has a backlog of 2,600 people who still need to contacted.

Omaha Children's Museum will be able to make several updates to air quality, disinfecting process of high-touch science center balls, and additional social distancing measures thanks to more than $3.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, funding. The planned updates are all anticipated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner, chatted with Mike Hogan about the massive changes which will protect the health and fun of the families that visit.  There are even safety measures in place so kids can chat with the big fella himself, Santa Claus!

Changes include more than 30 units of dual method air filters throughout the museum in areas used by the public as well as administrative offices. These filters will eliminate 99.9% of pathogens in the air with continuous use using HEPA filters and UVC light to kill, viruses, bacteria, and molds. 

The museum will install UVC lights in the tubes of the Super Gravitron. This lights are capable of killing viruses, bacteria, and molds. The museum was using this technology before in a stand-alone machine multiple times a day. The new installation will mean as children put balls into the inputs, they will be disinfected before they come out of the hopper and are used by another child. 

Additional updates to the bathrooms, including touchless doorhandles and faucets, as well as a touchless exit will help reduce potential contact with viruses on surfaces and much more!
More information can be found at https://www.ocm.org/

All previous safety measures, including required masks for ages 5 and older, still apply. See  for complete details.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mission is to fight hate and bigotry and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.  The ADL wanted to find away to bring our community together, to reflect on the struggles and triumphs that led us to this unique moment in history and to dream of what the future can hold.

That is where the idea of the Walk Against Hate started.  Associate Director Murphy Scott Wulfgar and Education Director Halley Taylor chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the “civil rights scavenger hunt” of sorts.

Walk Against Hate is an interactive, guided tour of multiple locations (accessible online or on the ground—socially distanced of course) across the Omaha Metropolitan Area that hold significance to the evolution or future of civil rights and civil liberties in our community.

More information can be found at http://www.adlplains.com/.


The way we think about the role transportation has in our lives has changed this year.  This has led to significant behavior changes, and it’s opened new avenues for us to explore.  What different transportation solutions will make our city a more vibrant, equitable and accessible for everyone?  We’re here to maximize this opportunity.

Stephen Osberg is the Director of Transportation Development for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  He took some time to explain to Mike Hogan what the ConnectGo initiative is, how it will change the face of transportation in the greater Omaha metro, and how your voice needs to be heard.

More information can be found at https://www.omahachamber.org/connectgo/.


Giving Tuesday on December 1st is a time to give, do, and share together. All acts of generosity move our metro toward a better future.  Share Omaha provides a one-stop resource center to give or find volunteer opportunities. 


Executive Director of Share Omaha, Marjorie Maas, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss all the different facets provided by the Share Omaha website.  For example, one can give early to a cause you care about at SHAREomaha.org – Use donation code GIVING TUESDAY or even volunteer to serve virtually and share your professional skills.  The ShareOmaha.com website also collects items through shopping wish lists and then sending items directly to local causes.


You can join the fun, early or on December 1st, by going to https://shareomaha.org/givingtuesday.

UNMC

A prominent Nebraska infectious disease expert is sounding the alarm about the state’s surging coronavirus cases and calling for a statewide mask mandate, which Gov. Pete Ricketts has repeatedly refused to issue. Dr. James Lawler, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said Thursday that the pandemic has reached its most dangerous point since the virus outbreak began earlier this year and described the recent increase in virus hospitalizations as unsustainable.

Metro launched Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) service on Nov. 18, 2020 — the most significant mass transit investment this region has seen in decades. 

Metro CEO Lauren Cencic joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss how ORBT unites smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation, serving an eight-mile route along Dodge and Douglas streets from downtown Omaha to Westroads Mall.  ORBT’s enhanced stations, spacious vehicles, and travel upgrades connect more people, more frequently.  And best of all, ORBT is fare free for the first four months so you can  get on board and enjoy your ride!

For more information, go to https://www.ometro.com/

Des Moines Register

Governor Kim Reynolds doesn't think her coronavirus restrictions are too little too late.  On Tuesday Reynolds said the state had to put more restrictions in place because of rising coronavirus hospitalizations in Iowa.  Reynolds says more restrictions may be necessary if numbers continue to get worse. Meanwhile, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he had tested positive for Covid. Grassley says he went into quarantine Tuesday after finding out he was exposed to the virus.  He also says he's feeling good and will keep working from home. 

The number of coronavirus cases in Nebraska topped 100,000 as the state reported a record 3,440 cases Monday. Nebraska has had 101,601 cases since the pandemic began. There were also eighteen new deaths reported Monday to give the state 797 deaths. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state also set a new record at 938. Gov. Pete Ricketts has said that if that number continues to rise and approaches 1,200 — when 25% of the hospitalized patients in the state have coronavirus — he will impose additional restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. 

KUAR

Union Pacific railroad is planning to give roughly 31,000 of its employees a $1,000 bonus next month. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Tuesday that the bonuses will cost the company about $37 million. Railroad officials said all employees who worked at least 30 days during the pandemic will receive the bonuses for helping keep the railroad moving during the virus outbreak. Union Pacific is continuing to see freight traffic rebound from the worst of the virus-related shutdowns during the spring. The railroad said shipping volume is up about 3% so far in the fourth quarter. 

Sioux City Journal

Gov. Pete Ricketts is standing firm in his opposition to a statewide mask mandate despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm Nebraska’s hospitals. Ricketts urged residents to voluntarily wear a mask, saying it’s one step of many to slow the pandemic. The Republican governor has focused heavily on getting voluntary compliance from residents, with campaigns urging people to avoid crowds, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they feel sick or show symptoms of the virus.

Siena Francis House Grapples With Covid

Nov 12, 2020
KETV

Officials with an Omaha homeless shelter say more than 250 residents are in quarantine or isolation following a coronavirus outbreak there. Linda Twomey is executive director of the Siena Francis House. She tells the Omaha World-Herald that about 255 residents have been in quarantine or isolation for about two weeks. Twomey says the shelter's latest count showed 54 residents had active COVID-19 cases. She says the shelter has been testing its clients and noticed a surge in positivity rates about 10 days to two weeks ago, prompting the quarantine.

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, which represents nonprofits across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa will host its annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands virtually this week on Nov.12-13, allowing more participants from across Nebraska and Iowa to attend.

Public Policy and Strategic Partnership Manager at The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Hannah Young, took time out of her busy schedule to chat with Mike Hogan at KIOS-FM about the summit and the program. 

Details about the summit can be found at https://www.nonprofitam.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1334162

Gloria Steinem, writer, political activist, and feminist organizer, will be the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s 20th annual Lunch for the Girls.  The luncheon will be held in an all-virtual format on Monday, November 16 from Noon - 1:00pm.

Executive Director of Girls Inc. Omaha, Roberta Wilhelm, joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about the event and the food partners, Big Mama’s Kitchen and Best Burger, who are working with Girls Inc. to provide lunches on November 16 as part of the Girls Inc.’s annual Lunch for the Girls event.

Girls Inc. will receive $5 of each lunch sold through this special promotion and both restaurants are locally owned by Black and brown women (one of whom is a Girls Inc. Omaha alumna!): 

  • Big Mama's Kitchen - 2112 North 30th Street, Accelerator Suite 201, Omaha, NE 68111. Pick-up only or delivery available for 10+ orders to same destination. 
  • Best Burger - 8319 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68112. Pick-up only or delivery available for 10+ orders to same destination.

More information can be found at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/lunch-for-the-girls-2020-with-gloria-steinem-40775

Populus Fund is a new regranting initiative organized by The Union for Contemporary Art, through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in order to support innovative artist projects throughout Omaha–Lincoln metros.  Populus Fund was founded to provide essential support for projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, and exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with the public.

Communications Director for The Union for Contemporary Art, Patrick Mainelli, joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the program, how to apply, and when the lottery drawings happen.

You can find more information at https://www.u-ca.org/populusfund

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore have gone into quarantine after both were exposed to a person with the coronavirus. Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage says Ricketts and Shore had dinner outside with three other people on Sunday night. One of the people who was with them tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday. Gage says Ricketts and Shore will quarantine for 14 days. Neither is showing any symptoms, and both will get tested.

Sarpy County

Gov. Pete Ricketts is imploring residents to follow Nebraska’s voluntary coronavirus safety guidelines as the number of new cases and hospitalizations surge to record levels. He also suggests that the state could reimpose social distancing mandates that were lifted in September. His comments Thursday came as the state’s top public health official warned that Nebraska needs to reduce the number of cases to avoid overwhelming hospitals. Nebraska reported a record 1,828 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

A pilot study that Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) is testing in collaboration with Frontiers of Innovation (FOI), the R&D platform of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is currently underway at the Nebraska Children's Home Society.

CEO of NCHS, Lana Temple-Plotz, spent some time explaining the program to Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM.  In the two-part interview below, Lana explains that the goal of FOI is to accelerate the development and adoption of science-based innovations that achieve breakthrough impact at scale for young children and families facing adversity.  Ultimately, the goal is to boost children’s and their caregivers’ executive functioning and self-regulation skills for greater success in school and life.

The TFP curriculum focuses on language to build executive functioning in both parents/caregivers and children.  The curriculum first establishes “Internal State Words” for thoughts, feelings, sensory perceptions, physical sensations and moral concepts.  As children learn, they can use these words to identify and express themselves and develop personal narratives about their experiences.  As parents’ skills related to executive function and self-regulation increase, they are able to model use of these language skills with their children. The parents also increase their ability to recognize and respond to their children and provide supportive relationships.

More information about Nebraska Children's Home Society can be found at https://nchs.org/

New York Times

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to set records in Nebraska, and the state reported 1,440 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. State health officials said there were 673 people hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday, up from the previous day’s record of 642.  The state has reported 74,060 virus cases and 660 deaths since the pandemic began. The rate of new cases in Nebraska ranked seventh-highest among the states. Nebraska's largest hospitals have all begun limiting elective surgeries to help ensure they have enough beds free to treat critically ill patients. 

Through Thursday, Nov. 5, the public can donate much-needed items to fill backpacks for homeless military veterans who are staying temporarily at the Siena Francis House.  Items can be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center at 2108 Harvell Drive, Bellevue, Nebraska. Donations can also be dropped off outside the building for those wishing to avoid contact due to the pandemic.

Heather Carroll, Manager of the Military Veteran Services Center, chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and the needs yet to be filled.  Those needs include hand sanitizer (8 ounce or less bottles), masks, blankets, baby wipes, hand and body lotion, hand and feet warmers, individually packaged snacks such as cheese and cracker packs, candy, small bags of chips, men and women’s deodorant, lip balm, winter hats and gloves and women’s bars of soap.  Monetary and gift card donations are also being accepted. 

More infomration can be found at https://news.bellevue.edu/donations-needed-to-fill-96-backpacks-for-homeless-military-veterans/

Kearny Hub

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska. Officials confirmed 934 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 71-thousand-666. The recent surge in coronavirus cases in Nebraska prompted one expert to predict that the number of deaths linked to the virus could nearly quadruple by the start of 2021. Dr.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Nebraska jumped to nearly 500 and set another new record as cases of the virus continued to surge in the state. State health officials said 483 people were hospitalized with the virus Wednesday, up from the previous day’s record-tying 436, as 1,169 new cases of the virus were reported. The state’s rate of new cases remained eighth-highest in the nation as the number of cases in Nebraska grew to 66,545 and 628 deaths were linked to the virus.

Financial Beginnings is the pathway to a financially literate nation.  In a financially literate nation, individuals cease to see finances as a barrier and instead view them as a tool to realize their dreams.  In a financially literate nation, individuals are vested in and contribute to a healthy economic system nationally, regionally, and in their own neighborhoods.

Founder and CEO Melody Bell, Chief Advancement Officer James Chen, and Nebraska Program Manager Karrissa Jyles joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local to discuss who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved!  They also chat about how they empower individuals to take control of their financial futures!

More information can be found at https://www.finbegne.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/FinancialBeginningsNE

What if you could find a parking space in downtown Omaha with your cell phone?  Forgot change? Touchless pay for parking meters is here!

Ken Smith, Director of Omaha's Parking & Mobility Division spends some time with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to chat about the latest developments in stowing your vehicle while downtown.  Things like Smart Zones, and a meterless way to park are just a few of the new innovations in parking.

For more information or to pay your parking ticket (all funds go to Omaha Public Schools), go to https://www.parkomaha.com/

It may not seem like it, but our community does have an air quality problem.  The good news is that we can turn our situation around.  Taking steps — even little ones — can add up to cleaner air in the metro area.

Sue Cutsforth, Information Officer at the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, explains to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM how every single citizen of Omaha can take little steps to help us all breathe easier. 

More information and your opportunity to take the Clean Air Pledge can be found at: https://littlestepscleanerair.com/

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is currently holding their virtual auction.  The event ends Friday night at 10:00 p.m. with a free webcast concert starting at 8:00 p.m.

Chris Cook, Executive Director, tells Mike Hogan “Live & Local” how the center is adapting to the COVID challenges, how they continue to help and support artists across the nation, and how you can participate in this event while safely distanced.

More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/ and at https://e.givesmart.com/events/hEo/

With the ubiquitous presence of COVID-19, how important is it to get a flu shot this year?  According to Cindy Ruma, Immunization Nurse Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association, it is VERY important!

Cindy spent some time with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM's "Live & Local" to discuss staying healthy and making smart choices. 

If you would like information on flu shots or the VNA, you can go to https://www.vnatoday.org/

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