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State health officials announced 621 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 46,185 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 493 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 29 percent of hospital beds and 78 percent of ventilators are available. There are 86 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County K-12 schools. The cases were reported in the last two weeks. The County Health Department says 46 cases are in staff members while 40 cases are students.  The department says more than 350 people are quarantining, while another 400 are self-isolating.

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State health officials reported 456 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 37-thousand-373 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and 430 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 35-percent of hospital beds and 82-percent of ventilators are available. Twenty staff members and 30 students in Douglas County schools have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. The Public Health Department also says 26 staff members and 372 students from county schools are currently in quarantine.

Another $60 Million In CARES Act Money Goes To Omaha

Aug 26, 2020
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The City of Omaha is getting more CARES Act money. The Douglas County Board will give the city 30-million dollars to cover COVID-19 related losses. Last week the state also gave Omaha 30-million dollars in CARES Act funding. The city says the combined 60 million dollars will close the budget gap caused by the pandemic.

There are now more than 32-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 32-thousand-47 cases and 383 coronavirus-related deaths reported across the state since the start of the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen the most cases in the state with 12-thousand-715. Officials at Bellevue East High School announced a positive Covid case in their student body yesterday evening.  The case involves a senior student at the school, and school district officials and the Sarpy/Cass Health Department are conducting contact tracing.

Thousands of Douglas County residents are applying to vote by mail in the November election.  Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says his office has received more than 100-thousand requests for mail-in ballots so far.  Ballots won't be mailed out until September 28th, but the deadline to request a ballot is October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Douglas County election officials are also calling for volunteers to work at the November 3rd election.

Absentee Ballot Applications On The Way

Jul 31, 2020

Absentee ballot applications will start appearing around Omaha this week. Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said the applications are on green, postcard size cardstock. He says voters need to fill out the application portion and return it in the official drop box, through the mail, or by email before the end of October. The only difference for Sarpy County residents is that the applications are printed on salmon-colored cardstock.

There are now more than 25-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were 25-thousand-157 cases and 321 coronavirus-related deaths in the state.  Douglas County leads Nebraska with more than 98-hundred COVID-19 cases. Officials say dozens of inmates at the Douglas County Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus. A news release from the county says 36 of 41 inmates in a single housing unit at the jail recently tested positive for the virus.

Nebraska’s three largest counties plan to send ballot request forms to every voter before this fall’s general election, but it’s not yet clear whether those forms will be sent statewide. Officials in Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster counties say they are planning to send out the ballot-request forms because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and because it will help them plan for the election. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen told The Omaha World-Herald he hasn’t decided whether to send out ballot request forms.

Douglas County officials are providing residents with financial help.  The county board voted yesterday to set aside four-million-dollars in CARES Act money for utility assistance for residents who are behind in the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The vote comes as the Omaha Public Power District plans to mail disconnect notices starting today.

More than 130 new COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported 131 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 15-thousand-883.  There have been 191 COVID-19 deaths statewide.  Nearly one-third of Nebraska's coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is growing.  As of yesterday, there had been 15-thousand-634 cases and 188 deaths reported across the state since the start of the pandemic.  More than five-thousand coronavirus cases have been reported in Douglas County. The Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha says the priests at St.

State Covid-19 Total Approaches 15,000

Jun 5, 2020

The Covid 19 infections total for Nebraska is approaching 15,000. Health officials in Douglas County announced three additional deaths from COVID-19 yesterday. There are now 45 deaths from the virus in the county, and 186 across Nebraska. The Douglas County Health Department says there are 4,769 confirmed cases of the virus in the area, including 1,101 who have recovered. Hospital capacity is relatively stable, with 42% of hospital beds, 46% of intensive care unit beds and 75% of ventilators available for use.

Nebraska is continuing to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases in Nebraska was 83-hundred-15 as of last night.  Ninety-eight COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in Nebraska during the pandemic. Two more deaths have been confirmed in Douglas County. The Douglas County Health Department announced yesterday that a woman in her 50s and a man in his 80s died from the virus.  Twenty coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Douglas County, which also leads the state with more than 15-hundred cases.

There are now more than six-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, six-thousand-83 cases and 78 deaths had been reported in the state.  Hall County continues to lead the state with 12-hundred-81 COVID-19 cases, while Douglas County has reported 944 cases and Dakota County has confirmed 938 cases.

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Nebraska.  As of last night, there were 56-hundred-59 cases and 78 deaths reported statewide.  Hall County leads the state with 12-hundred-56 coronavirus cases, Dakota County has seen 918 cases and Douglas County has reported 878 cases.

State health officials reported 497 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now four-thousand-281 cases of the virus across the state, including one-thousand-25 in Hall County. Nebraska state health officials say the state has seen a jump in COVID-19 deaths following technical difficulties with the state's coronavirus tracking portal in recent days. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the state saw 3 new deaths from the virus yesterday, bringing the state total to 71. Eight of the deaths were reported out of hard-hit Hall County.

Nebraska Sees Highest One-Day Spike Of Covid Cases

Apr 28, 2020

Nebraska health officials are confirming the state's largest one-day increase in the number of coronavirus cases.  Three-hundred-30 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the statewide total to 33-hundred-58 cases since the pandemic began.  Fifty-five people in Nebraska have died from COVID-19.  Health officials confirmed the 15th coronavirus death in Douglas County yesterday.  The case involves a woman in her 60s who had underlying health problems.

Huge Weekend Spike Sends Nebraska Covid-19 Over 3000

Apr 27, 2020

The number of coronavirus cases in Nebraska is continuing to increase.  As of yesterday, there were three-thousand-28 cases and 56 deaths reported statewide.  Hall County has seen the most cases in the state with 876, while Douglas County has seen 419 cases.  Dakota County has reported 403 cases, while 367 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dawson County.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska has topped 17-hundred.  As of yesterday, there were 17-hundred-22 coronavirus cases and 38 deaths in the state.  Hall County has seen the most cases with 558.  Douglas County has reported 298 cases during the pandemic. Four more COVID-19 deaths have also been reported in Douglas County.  The Douglas County Health Department announced yesterday that the four most recent deaths were men in their 60s and 70s with underlying health conditions.  Fourteen people in Douglas County have died from the coronavirus during the pandemic.

There are now more than 16-hundred COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Through yesterday, 16-hundred-48 coronavirus cases and 33 deaths had been reported statewide during the pandemic.  Hall County continues to have the most COVID-19 cases in the state with 531, while 291 cases have been reported in Douglas County. Dixon County has also seen its first case of COVID-19.

A central Nebraska county with many nursing homes and factories, including a major meatpacking plant, now has more coronavirus cases than any other county in the state. Hall County says it has 278 residents with COVID-19, surpassing the 263 known cases in Douglas County, which includes Omaha and has a population nearly nine times the size. There has been a spike in cases at the JBS USA meatpacking plant, the McCain Foods frozen appetizer factory, nursing homes and a health clinic in Hall County.

New Locations For Omaha Polling Places To Be Announced

Apr 16, 2020

Omaha polling places are changing locations for the May 12th primary election. Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse [[cruise]] said nearly 60-thousand postcards will be mailed to voters in the county informing them about voting location changes. Kruse said additional postcards will be mailed over the next few weeks as the remaining changes are finalized.

Douglas Co. Commissioner Kraft Retiring

Feb 12, 2020

Douglas County Commissioner Marc Kraft is retiring.  Kraft announced he won't be seeking another term in the 2020 election, saying he decided to retire after dealing with some extended health issues.  He's served three terms on the county board and two terms on the Omaha City Council.

 

Health officials in eastern Nebraska say they're investigating a string of tuberculosis cases in the Omaha area. Television station KETV reports that the Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that 13 people have tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and one child has a confirmed active case of the lung infection. The department says it has tested 31 people since December, when it learned a person from out-of-state staying with family was diagnosed with TB. Common symptoms of TB include unexplained rapid weight loss, profuse coughing, night sweats and fever.

Former Election Commissioner To Run For Legislature

Oct 31, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  A former Douglas County election commissioner is planning to run for the Nebraska Senate.  Dennis Womack is planning to run for the north Omaha legislative seat currently held by State Senator Ernie Chambers, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.  Womack served as Douglas County election commissioner from 2004 until 2006.  

 

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Officials with the Douglas County Correctional Facility are planning to fix an issue involving neighbors and inmates.  Reports say the facility has gotten a lot of complaints recently about inmates who have been allowed to play basketball on the roof staring and shouting at neighbors and cars driving.  Now, the corrections director says he's repositioning officers to make sure inmates stay away from the edges of the roof and he's considering putting up a barrier on one side of the roof.

 

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Douglas County Election Commission is seeking a new home.  Election Commissioner Brian Kruse told county commissioners yesterday that the current facility near 114th and Dodge is too small.  The commission wants to move to a new site near 120th and West Center Road in time for the 2020 election. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in an Omaha slaying case that sparked a courthouse brawl.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has sequestered the jury after a brawl broke out in the Douglas County Courthouse as trial began in the case of a January 2015 double homicide at a northwest Omaha party.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A county judge in Omaha has removed himself from a murder trial involving a former doctor accused of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school.

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