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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iowa casino officials worry they will lose business when several Nebraska casinos open now that voters in that state have approved gambling. Iowa officials said they worry that when casinos are built in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, they could hurt Iowa gaming revenues, especially in Council Bluffs, where four casinos currently operate. Other Iowa border towns with casinos include Sioux City, Onawa and Sloan.

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.

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. 

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.

Nebraska is continuing to see hundreds of new COVID-19 cases each day.  Officials confirmed 702 new cases yesterday, bringing the total in the state to 64-thousand-499.  There have been 603 COVID-19 related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic. Nebraska officials say health care providers and elderly and vulnerable residents will be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccination when it becomes available as early as this year. Gov.

KETV

Nebraska has started imposing new coronavirus restrictions after a second straight day of record hospitalizations for the virus in the state. Nebraska also reported 11 new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday. The state said 565 deaths have now been linked to the virus. Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the rate of new virus cases in Nebraska continued to rank fifth-highest in the nation Tuesday. The negative trend in virus cases prompted Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts to announce several new restrictions last week that took effect Wednesday.

Nebraska will reopen a series of federally funded grant programs to help small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nebraska still has $160 million available from the $1 billion it received under the federal CARES Act. The state will accept applications for assistance from 10 a.m. Wednesday until Nov. 13 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nebraska Medicine

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus and the rate of new cases remains high in Nebraska. The state said Tuesday that 299 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s just under the record of 305 people set last weekend but well above the spring peak of 232 set on May 27. An Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows the state continues to have the seventh-highest rate of new cases. The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Nebraska declined slightly over the past two weeks, going from 13.22% on Sept. 28 to 13.08% on Monday.

WDUN

As Iowa surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and remained the fourth-highest state for rate of infection, the mayor of Des Moines expressed concern that President Donald Trump’s rally this week at the city’s airport could become a super-spreader event. The state averaged 1,300 new cases per day over the past four days. On Saturday the state posted 21 more deaths after recording 14 deaths on Friday. on Sunday, the state reported six more deaths. As of Monday, positive cases in Iowa reached 100,052 and 1,464 people have died since the virus surfaced in March.

State health officials announced 663 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 50,059 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 514 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 29 percent of hospital beds and 80 percent of ventilators are available. Television station KSNB reports that Grand Island Public Schools is experiencing a rapid rise in teachers and staff having to quarantine after testing positive or being exposed to the virus.

KETV

The number of COVID-19 cases is continuing to climb in Nebraska.  Health officials reported 498 new cases yesterday, bringing the total in the state to 48-thousand-757.  The coronavirus has claimed 507 lives in Nebraska since the beginning of the pandemic.

NBC News

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is working from his Nebraska home until October 12th.  Sasse attended a gathering for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the White House Rose Garden last month, and doctors advised him to stay inside as much as possible after close interaction with multiple people who were infected with COVID-19.  Several people who attended the event later tested positive for COVID-19, including President Trump.  A spokesperson for Sasse says the senator has had two COVID-19 tests since then, and both tests came back negative.

KOLO

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.

Polls across Nebraska will be open as usual for the November 3rd General Election, even with a high number of people voting early. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen says COVID-19 protections and precautions used in the state's primary election will again be in place for the general election. He says as more is known about COVID-19, he expects the percentage of those going to the polls in November to be higher than in the primary. Evnen also urged voters not to give their ballot to an unfamiliar third party who promises to turn it in on their behalf. Along with Gov.

There are now more than 45-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 45-thousand-44 cases and 475 coronavirus-related deaths reported statewide during the pandemic.  Douglas County leads the state with more than 16-thousand COVID-19 cases. Nebraska officials are defending the state’s $27 million contract with a Utah company to provide coronavirus testing services. In early April, state labs were running short on testing supplies at the same time all states were trying to significantly increase testing for the virus.

NE Covid Total Tops 44,000; IA Total Over 86,000

Sep 28, 2020
KTIV

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 44-thousand.  Officials confirmed 467 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 44-thousand-63.  There have been 470 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic.

Omaha Whiskey Fest Set To Continue With Precautions

Sep 24, 2020

Omaha's Whiskey Fest is being held next month with COVID-19 precautions.  The event is set for October 9th through the 11th in The Old Market.  Organizers say hand sanitizer will be available at participating locations, limited capacity will be enforced at each station, and the mask mandate must be followed. Tickets can be purchased at participating locations in The Old Market.

 

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska.  Health officials confirmed 397 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 41-thousand-785.  There have been 461 COVID-19 related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic. Officials in the Omaha bedroom community of Blair are reporting a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home, with at least 24 residents and eight staff members infected. The Three Rivers Public Health Department reported the outbreak at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair. The facility is licensed for 108 assisted living and skilled nursing beds.

NET

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now more than 41-thousand.  Officials confirmed 286 cases yesterday bringing the statewide total to 41-thousand-83.  There have been 442 coronavirus-related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic. More than 40% of the deaths linked to the coronavirus in Nebraska have been at nursing homes. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a federal database shows that 31 nursing homes in the state have reported deaths linked to the coronavirus.

WNIN

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.

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