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Slimmed-Down State Fair Will Proceed Without Carnival

Jul 27, 2020

The Nebraska State Fair will happen this year, but the event will take place without a carnival. Organizers say this year's fair will focus on exhibits by Four-H and the FFA, along with livestock competitions. The fair is scheduled for the weekends of August 28th through the 30th and September Fourth through Seventh in Grand Island.

Nebraska relaxed some of its social-distancing restrictions in the Omaha area and more than half of the state’s counties, but Gov. Pete Ricketts is imploring people who are still living in more heavily regulated areas to stay put. Ricketts is asking residents in hard-hit areas, such as Grand Island and Dakota City, not to venture out of their regions out of concern that they might spread the coronavirus. Unlike many other states, Ricketts has imposed public safety restrictions in Nebraska on a regional basis.

Grand Island Independent

The coronavirus is devastating the nation’s meatpacking communities — places like Waterloo and Sioux City in Iowa, Grand Island, Nebraska, and Worthington, Minnesota. Within weeks, the outbreaks around slaughterhouses have turned into full-scale disasters. The virus is killing, sickening and frightening workers and devastating their extended families. In Grand Island, an outbreak linked to a JBS beef plant that is the city’s largest employer spread rapidly across the rural central Nebraska region. It killed more than three dozen people.

Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele is asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to visit the city following President Trump's executive order that requires meat processing plants to stay open. The mayor said he wants to explain to Secretary Perdue the problems the city has faced with government orders that have failed to protect the people of Grand Island. There are one-thousand-25 cases of COVID-19 in Hall County, including more than 200 tied to a JBS meat-packing plant.

Ten workers at a central Nebraska beef processing plant have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. The South Heartland District Health Department reported the cases at Western Reserve Beef in Hastings. The department says it's working closely with Western Reserve management to complete the contact investigations, provide recommendations for employee safety, and provide additional testing for their workforce. Hastings is just south of Grand Island, a coronavirus hot spot in Nebraska. On Monday, Lincoln Premium Poultry announced its first COVID-19 case at its Fremont chicken plant.

A group of doctors has urged Gov. Pete Ricketts to impose stricter measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, just as the state reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus. Ricketts has imposed restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in one place and has closed bars and restaurants. But the Republican has resisted following the course of leaders in most other U.S. states by imposing a stay-at-home order. Forty-five doctors from Grand Island on Saturday published an open letter warning "the incidence is going to increase dramatically ...

Grand Island police are making policy changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The police department is asking the public to report minor crimes online on the department's website.  The change is being made in an effort to promote social distancing.  Crimes eligible for online reporting include those that do not require an emergency response and incidents with little or no evidence at the scene.