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The Custer County Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a COVID-19 Response Grant. The goal of the COVID-19 Response Grant is to provide nonprofit organizations with flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis in our community, particularly to address immediate basic needs, such as food insecurity or eviction […]

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May 29, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by just 2 cases in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 1 new case for a total of 46.  Of the 46, there are 37 recovered individuals. York County has 1 new case for a total of 36, and 31 are recovered. Seward […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open more camping opportunities in state park areas starting June 4, when all previous temporary restrictions on recreational vehicle and tent camping will be removed. Designated beaches and swimming areas also will open June 4. All reservation-only campsites and first-come campsites — other than at […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at an afternoon press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts shared new demographic data on coronavirus cases and fatalities.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership with Local Health Departments, has been working diligently to collect and compile the data. DHHS CEO Dannette R. Smith joined the Governor to provide coronavirus […]

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LINCOLN – During the past seven days, the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by 23 to 170, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, is 13,654, marking an increase of 1,992 from last Friday. Local health […]

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) worked in collaboration with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska’s National Guard, Region 26 Emergency Management and Burwell EMS/Fire Department to conduct a mass testing event on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The testing was held at the Burwell Fire Hall. The event was […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open more camping opportunities in state park areas starting June 4, when all previous temporary restrictions on recreational vehicle and tent camping will be removed. Designated beaches and swimming areas also will open June 4. All reservation-only campsites and first-come campsites — other than at […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 29, 2020, there are 1,593 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 53 deaths. By county these are 1,507 cases and 40 deaths in Hall County; 60 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County; and 26 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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Academic Calendar On Thursday, we announced a modification to the fall semester’s academic calendar. Classes will start on campus on Aug. 10, two weeks earlier than scheduled, and will conclude Nov. 24, before Thanksgiving. With this change, students will not be required to return to campus after Thanksgiving until the spring semester. To accommodate this […]

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  KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney plans to begin its fall academic calendar on Aug. 24 as originally planned and will make adjustments to the schedule to enhance safety and maintain flexibility in response to COVID-19. The University of Nebraska Provost, following procedures outlined by university policy, convened the academic calendar committee. The […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 28, 2020) – Nebraska Tourism’s 2020 Nebraska Passport program officially begins on Monday, June 1. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. Travelers will have from June 1 through October 31 to visit attractions and receive stamps. “We […]

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Tuesday the USDA began accepting applications from crop growers and livestock producers for $16 billion in aid under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Financial assistance is available to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska is implementing a voluntary reduction-in-work program to lower labor costs and address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the program, approximately 400 full-time University of Nebraska at Kearney employees will have the one-time option to voluntarily trade income for time off. “This program allows employees to voluntarily […]

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The Stanton Progress Show will be held on Saturday, June 20th at the Stanton County Fairgrounds in Stanton. Stanton FFA Advisor Morgan Schwartz says things will be a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Schwartz says someone will do Facebook Live of the Show. Schwartz adds registration is due ahead of time. The entry […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted the great work being done by the agriculture and tourism industries to overcome the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.  He also announced the communities where Test Nebraska will operate during the first week of June. Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs for the United States […]

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Unified Command confirms nine new cases for COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County. Here’s the following details: Demographics Exposure Type Female in her teens Close contact Female in her 20s Close contact Female in her 30s Close contact Female in her 40s Close contact Female in her 40s Community spread Female in her 70s Unknown Male […]

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As Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled his administration’s plan for disbursement of the $1.25 billion received through the federal CARES Act, he also detailed a requirement for counties seeking reimbursement of COVID-19 expenses. Speaking at his daily pandemic briefing Wednesday, Ricketts said $180 million is set aside to help state government and 92 of the […]

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will continue cabin, lodge and group activity shelter closures at state park and recreation areas through June 15, with a further possible extension, in a proactive effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closures are being continued until proper disinfection between reservations can be achieved […]

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The Scribner City Council received an update on the City’s Swimming Pool at Wednesday night’s meeting streamed live on Facebook. City Administrator/Clerk Elmer Armstrong. No action was taken on the opening of the pool for the 2020 season as that item was tabled. An update was provided on Softball Field Lights. Armstrong says not much […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled how the State of Nebraska plans to use federal coronavirus funds to get Nebraska growing.  Nebraska is receiving $1.25 billion through the CARES Act to aid coronavirus relief efforts.  Of the relief funds, $166 million will go to Douglas County.  The remainder will be […]

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An unexpected hero in the COVID-19 pandemic hails from a specialty that few outside the Army knew existed: The 1st Armored Division’s Operations Research and Systems Analysis officer, or ORSA. Maj. Evan Wolf, a Cozad, Nebraska native, and University of Texas-El Paso Alumni, created a progression rate model for Fort Bliss leadership in the early […]

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May 27, 2020—The past 5 day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by just 2 cases in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 1 new case for a total of 45.  Of the 45, there are 28 recovered individuals. Polk County has 1 new case for a total of 10.  Of the 10, and […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of 1400 hrs. 27th May there are 1,568 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 53 deaths. By county these are 1,482 cases and 40 deaths in Hall County, 60 cases and 13 deaths in Hamilton County, and 26 cases and zero deaths in Merrick County.

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Unified Command confirms two new cases for COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County. A female in her 20’s is a close contact of a previously positive case and a male in his 40’s was contracted through community spread. The investigations are complete, all close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and […]

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7,300 free hot meals were delivered or handed out in the past two weeks by Hot Meals USA in Lexington, and in an announcement by the Lexington Community Foundation a decision to extend this effort for four more weeks has been made. While continuing the Hot Meals Program, the Lexington Community Foundation is looking for […]

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The Phelps County Development Corporation is sharing its resources to enhance Holdrege with a new attraction. PCDC has launched a website to promote the Holdrege Veterans Memorial, which will honor veterans who served in one or more Federal services of the United States Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced an executive order waiving the requirement for older Nebraskans to renew their driver’s licenses in-person.  Normally, Nebraskans age 72 or older must appear in-person to renew a license.  However, the coronavirus has made it advisable to practice social distancing to encourage health and safety.  […]

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LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced updates to driver licensing services availability. DMV teammates are ready to provide services as and when counties open their offices to walk in traffic. Additional teammates and resources are being put in place to increase service capacity in the most heavily populated counties. These additional […]

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(Fremont, NE – May 26, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry provided an update today to the community on recent cases at their facility.  Since reporting to the public one week ago, Lincoln Premium Poultry logged an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 over the past week, which brings the company total to 73 cases. As of today […]

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    COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard             12,355 positive tests — 75,687 negative tests  —  150 deaths             Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Douglas (Omaha)   3,186 Staffed Beds 3,815 Dakota (South Sioux City) 1,612 Percent of Beds Available 46% Hall (Grand Island) 1,466 Percent of ICU Available 43% Lancaster (Lincoln) 1,084 Percent of Vents Available […]

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Lincoln, NE –May 22, 2020–Pamela Beauchamp of Lemoyne won $200,000 playing the Ultimate Bonus Crossword Scratch game from the Nebraska Lottery. Beauchamp bought her winning ticket at Kwik Stop #03 at 1421 South Dewey St. in North Platte. Puzzle 3 on the ticket matched 12 words, winning her the top prize. When Beauchamp came to […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has received guidelines for the upcoming Directed Health Measures (DHM) that will be in effect June 1st to June 30th, 2020.  This DHM will move the health district into Phase II of reopening, which includes increasing the gathering limit from 10 to 25. SWNPHD has also been notified of two […]

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View Salute to Dawson County Veterans who passed from May 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020 here News headlines around the world state the obvious, coronavirus is affecting everything. Government, school and work are just a few of the everyday events that have been affected. Last week, Dawson County Fair released their plan for a […]

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MAY 25, 2020 (NEB.)  — The live stream for Nebraska’s 2020 Memorial Day Observance will go online at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 25th, at veterans.nebraska.gov/memorialday. The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) is hosting the event and inviting all Nebraskans to attend virtually as in-person events across the state are limited or cancelled by COVID-19. “Memorial Day […]

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It was early March and Creighton Blue Jays fan, James Faylor, M.D., and his son went to New York City to watch their favorite team play in the Big East Tournament. The United States was just starting to grapple with the COVID19 virus with the first reported case of coronavirus on Jan 21 in the […]

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The University of Nebraska launched a new mobile app, 1-Check COVID, to help guide the screening of large groups of individuals concerned that they might have COVID-19 and to help first responders and other health care providers determine a person’s likelihood of carrying the disease. Launched for iOS phones, that app now is available on […]

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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be issuing emergency supplemental allotments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who receive benefits for the month of May on June 6. On April 8 DHHS announced that in response to Congress passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, DHHS filed a request […]

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The Nebraska Health Care Foundation has been awarded $250,000 from the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation. These funds are designated for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Partners in Preparedness Mentor Project. This project will enhance COVID-19 pandemic preparedness in Nebraska’s rural nursing facilities and critical access centers through a multi-faceted approach. The mentorship program provides […]

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Burwell, NE – Seven (7) new case were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) district since May 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy. There is a total of […]

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Unified Command confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County. A male in his 30’s contracted through community spread. A male in his 60’s was also confirmed and the investigation is underway. Two Scotts Bluff County males were confirmed positive and announced on  May 21st; the male in his 70’s was travel-related and […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted his daily coronavirus press briefing at the State Capitol.  He reminded Nebraskans to be mindful of physical distancing and good hygiene over the Memorial Day weekend.  He also shared data confirming that the state’s hospital system continues to have plenty of capacity to treat Nebraskans who need care. Dr. […]

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The Four Corners District two-day total of 9 new COVID-19 cases includes: 7 new cases in Butler County 2 new cases in York County This 2-day case total brings the Four Corners District COVID-19 total to 116. Polk remains at 9, Seward County – 28, York -35, and Butler now has 44. New sports guidance […]

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Ashland, Neb. — Due to loosening of restrictions on gatherings, the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum has reopened its doors to the general public. The museum, directly west of Mahoney State Park near Ashland, closed March 16 to limit the spread of coronavirus. The museum is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 […]

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Today, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 1,549 total COVID-19 positive cases and 51 deaths. The county breakdown is as follows: Hall 1,465 cases and 39 deaths; Hamilton 58 cases and 12 deaths; and Merrick 26 cases and zero deaths. Hall County ranks 3rd and Hamilton County ranks 15th in the total […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted his daily coronavirus press briefing at the State Capitol.  He reminded Nebraskans to be mindful of physical distancing and good hygiene over the Memorial Day weekend.  He also shared data confirming that the state’s hospital system continues to have plenty of capacity to treat Nebraskans who need care. Watch […]

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A staff member at Dairy Queen in West Point has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Out of an abundance of caution, DQ made the voluntary decision to close through at least Memorial Day. The West Point Community Theatre fundraiser is being postponed. The staff member has not worked a shift at DQ for about […]

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  LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with proclamations from President Donald J. Trump, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff effective immediately until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on May 25, 2020.  The flags are being lowered to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and to observe Memorial […]

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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. This announcement is based on the guidance given this afternoon by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts at his press conference. The Zoo has been planning for its reopening for about a month and will share its reopening details, which include significant restrictions, […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska lawmaker who’s worried about the spread of the coronavirus is calling for a legislative rule change that would allow state senators to vote on bills remotely when this year’s session resumes on July 20. Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln, sent a memo to her fellow lawmakers arguing for the […]

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LINCOLN – At Thursday’s daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that new directed health measures (DHMs) will take effect on June 1, 2020.  “Phase I” reopening DHMs will apply to the Central District Health Department (Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties) and Dakota County.  “Phase II” reopening DHMs, which are less restrictive, will apply to the […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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    Crete, NE — Doane University will resume its course offerings on campus this fall, President Dr. Jacque Carter announced today.   All in-person courses for the spring term (and semester) were transitioned to a remote learning modality beginning March 23, originally announced on March 12 by President Carter due to the threat of COVID-19. […]

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St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point is set to resume in-person services on Sunday, May 31st. Vacancy Pastor Robert Schilling says this is being done with a social distancing plan. Schilling says some people will likely have to sit in the basement and watch services on TV. He adds communion will still be offered […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – State prison officials have confirmed that three more Nebraska inmates at an Omaha work-release center have tested positive for COVID-19. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Wednesday evening in a news release that to date, seven men housed at the Omaha Community Corrections Center have tested positive. Officials say no other […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska saw another dip in new unemployment claims last week after a record-setting surge driven by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor says the state received 5,923 claims during the week that ended May 16. Nebraska reported 6,362 new claims the prior week. The number has declined since a record-setting […]

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KEARNEY – Three (3) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 994 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 1 Buffalo County – 1 Phelps County – 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Two […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts announced some big changes on Directed Health Measures during today’s daily briefing on Nebraska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are clips from each segment from today’s program:  

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be offering COVID-19 testing in Garfield County on Tuesday, May 26th. The testing will be open to everyone on a first-come- first-serve basis and will run from […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton University has furloughed 190 employees and made several other spending cuts because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Creighton officials said Wednesday they expect to have to cut at least $35 million from the university’s budget to offset declining revenue from tuition and fees. The university said it will suspend […]

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Video below of 2020 Hastings College Commencement (Hastings, Nebraska) – Hastings College held its 134th Commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020 via streaming on Facebook and YouTube. During the ceremony, the College awarded degrees to 194 undergraduates and 12 Master of Arts in Teaching graduates. Graduates represented 20 states and nine countries. While the ceremony […]

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Gas Prices in Nebraska are the lowest they’ve been in a long time as we head into the Memorial Day Weekend. AAA Public Affairs Director Rose White. White says AAA anticipates travel volume will be at an all-time record low despite the cheap gas prices. The average price of gas in Iowa is $1.78 and […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Test Nebraska sites will be in seven communities next week.  Testing will occur in Beatrice, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha, Seward, and York. Gov. Ricketts also designated May as Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month in Nebraska.  Sheri Dawson, Director of the […]

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  Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play […]

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May 20, 2020—The past two day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 7 in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 4 new cases for a total of 37.  Of the 37, there are 16 recovered individuals. Seward County has 2 new cases for a total of 27.  Of the 27, there are 15 […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts provided his midweek update on the state’s response to the Coronavirus here in Nebraska. Below are individual clips from today’s briefing:  

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open first-come, first-served camping on May 22 at Smith Falls State Park, 35 state recreation areas and wildlife management areas for all camping units, including tents. This decision is prompted by overwhelming demand for camping opportunities, challenges in bringing additional park locations and campsites into […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 20, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,528, and there are 50 deaths. There are 24 cases & 0 deaths in Merrick County, 58 cases & 12 deaths in Hamilton County and 1,446 cases & 38 deaths in Hall County.

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West Point Public Schools is in the middle of holding Teacher In-Service Days. Superintendent Bill McAllister. McAllister says there’s certain things they have to go over, things they wish they would have known going into the remote learning, and things they could do better next year. The school district has adapted Launch Nebraska to Launch […]

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OMAHA, Neb.  – The coronavirus has hurt a vast majority of Nebraska’s businesses and about one in six of them are worried that it will force them to close their doors permanently. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Nebraska Business Development Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The report highlights the […]

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One (1) new case of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 990 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.

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MAY 19, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — As traffic volume slowly rises, Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol are seeing a dramatic increase in excessive speeding. In the two months since the first Directed Health Measures (DHMs) were issued, Troopers have cited more than 200 motorists for driving more than 100 miles per hour. Between March 19 […]

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be offering COVID-19 drive through testing in Custer County on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22. The first hour of testing will be reserved testing and […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts discussed results from the Nebraska Business Response Survey.  The survey was designed and conducted as a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska, state and local chambers of commerce, and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  Over 4,500 businesses completed the survey, providing valuable feedback […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts tackled a variety of topics during his daily briefing on Nebraska’s response to COVID-19. Below are individualized video clips from today’s meeting:  

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RV Camping is resuming at Nebraska State Parks and Recreation Areas. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner. Wagner says all other camping such as tent camping, beach camping, and any other camping is closed at all State Parks and Recreation Areas and Historical Parks through the end of the month. To see if reservations are available, […]

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Eight (8) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 990 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 8 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Two Rivers is reviewing and reconciling county totals to most accurately […]

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Each year in March, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean hosts veterans and active duty service members for a ceremony called the Reunion of Honor. Along with their Japanese counterparts, these current and former members of the Marine Corps and Navy have met there nearly every year since 1980 to remember their fallen friends […]

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Lincoln – Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk announced today that the 2020 legislative session will resume July 20. Scheer suspended the session indefinitely in March due to public health concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. In his announcement, Scheer said the decision to resume the session was based on the belief that Nebraska will have reached the […]

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  North Platte Community College will not raffle a car this year – for the first time since the program was started in 2004.   Typically, students in NPCC’s Automotive and Auto Body Technology programs restore a classic car that tours the state and then is raffled to raise money for scholarships for the college’s […]

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The Wisner City Council met virtually Monday night. Mayor Chad Dixon gave an update on the status of a couple of summer events. Dixon says the swimming pool is projected to open on June 1st. The Council also approved a motion to send a letter to Water Customers regarding the City’s Water Project. City Administrator […]

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Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting the eighth death in the district. A woman in her 60s, from Dawson County died on Thursday, May, 14th. Fifty-eight (58) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 982 in the seven-county region it serves.

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 18, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,511, and there are 47 deaths. There are 24 cases in Merrick County, 56 cases in Hamilton County and 1,431 in Hall County.

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that COVID-19 testing will come to several new communities this week.  Test Nebraska will continue in Lincoln and Omaha, and other Test Nebraska mobile sites will open in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Thedford, West Point, and Dakota City.  Additionally, the National Guard will conduct testing in […]

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May 18, 2020—The number of COVID-19 cases over the weekend (including Monday) has risen by 6 in the Four Corners District; recovered cases have increased to 49: Butler County has 3 new cases for a total of 33.  Of the 33, there are 14 recovered individuals. Seward County has 2 new cases for a total […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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May 18, 2020 (Hastings, Neb.)  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adams County Ag Society has made the decision that the 2020 Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will not be held in Hastings, NE. The rodeo was to be held June 18-20. After receiving guidance from the local health department and the governor’s office, it […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts tackled a variety of topics during his daily briefing on Nebraska’s response to COVID-19. One of the biggest talking points was the National Guard testing through the TestNebraska.com program, and he says Scottsbluff will be included in this week’s testing. Testing will be available on Thursday and Friday  on West 16th in […]

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  Lincoln – Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk announced today that the 2020 legislative session will resume July 20. Scheer suspended the session indefinitely in March due to public health concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. In his announcement, Scheer said the decision to resume the session was based on the belief that Nebraska will have reached […]

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Text messaging now being used as a threat Columbus, Neb. – Scammers are using a variety of different methods to steal money from unsuspecting victims during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These scams range from threatening to shut a Nebraska Public Power District customer’s power off through a text message or requesting a customer to purchase […]

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  Kearney, NE — Two Rivers Public Health Department would like to thank all of our hard-working partners supporting our response to this pandemic. Throughout recent months Two Rivers has been able to witness and experience firsthand the generosity and willingness of our fellow Nebraskans to help others. Two Rivers Public Health Department would like […]

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Dawson County — The Dawson County Virtual 4-H Presentation Contest will be Tuesday, June 30. The 2020 Dawson County Extension will be conducting the 4-H Presentation Contest virtually due to developing coronavirus guidelines. All 4-H’ers, ages 8-18, may participate, said Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator. A 4-H presentation is an oral communication in which the 4-H’er […]

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  LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Air National Guard plans a flyover salute to healthcare professionals and all Nebraskans responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. After weather caused the cancellation of the salute originally planned earlier this week, it has been rescheduled for Monday, May 18. The revised flight plan now includes more than 30 Nebraska […]

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LINCOLN –The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state increased by six to 119 today, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard. To view county specific data, click on the county within the Nebraska map. In addition, DHHS recently updated its COVID-19 dashboard to include death data by county and added […]

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    Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) worked in collaboration with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska’s National Guard to conduct a mass testing event on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The testing was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The event was open to the public and 91 […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of an additional person from SWNPHD’s health district that has tested positive for COVID-19. This positive case is a female in their fifties in Furnas County, and it is related to travel outside the health district.  They are currently self-isolating at home.  All identified close contacts […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted the State’s work to support long-term care (LTC) facilities during the pandemic.  He previewed a new tool being developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to help LTC facilities assess and improve their preparedness planning. Becky Wisell, Interim Deputy Director […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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May 15, 2020—The past two day total of COVID-19 cases has risen by 13 in the Four Corners District: Butler County has 7 new cases for a total of 30.  Of the 30, there are 7 recovered individuals. Seward County has 4 new cases for a total of 23.  Of the 23, there are 9 […]

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Working with TestNebraska has provided us with an opportunity to expand our collaborative efforts in addressing the needs of the Central District Health Department (CDHD). We have received nearly 500 test results from TestNebraska and have determined that 8% of those tests are positive. This positive rate is greatly improved from the 17% level we […]

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts wrapped up the week with his daily media briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today he was joined by officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Mid-America Council, the Boy Scouts of America and the Food Bank for the Heartland. Afterwards he fielded questions […]

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    KEARNEY – Six (6) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 924 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Buffalo County-2 Dawson County- 3 Kearney County- 1   No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.   […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – U.S. meat exports are surging this spring even as the processing industry is struggling to meet domestic demand because of coronavirus outbreaks at processing plants that have sickened hundreds of workers. Although the situation could cause concern that American workers are risking their health to meet foreign demand, experts say it shouldn’t […]

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Latest effort collect, organizes resources to train frontline providers, first responders, others UNMC, Nebraska’s public academic health sciences center, continues its support of the state’s collective effort to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Endeavors include development of an innovative data-driven model that will help to guide decision-making; guidelines for meat processing facilities that include strategies to mitigate the spread […]

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OMAHA, Neb.  – The number of Nebraskans filing new unemployment claims appears to be stabilizing but is still far higher than it was before the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor says Nebraska state officials received 6,408 new jobless claims during the week that ended March 9. Last week, the state reported 6,418 claims. […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – Officials say more than 200 workers at a northeastern Nebraska pork processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19. A joint news release by Tyson Foods and the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department says 212 workers at the Tyson plant in Madison tested positive for the virus; 74 of them had no […]

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  Lincoln – Nebraska voters participated in an historic primary election this year.  More than 471,000 Nebraskans voted in the May primary election, breaking a 48-year-old record for ballots cast in a primary election. “What is even more remarkable is that Nebraska voters broke the record in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts again hosted his daily media briefing on Nebraska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are individualized video clips from today’s briefing on each topic:

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    KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting the seventh death in the district. A woman in her 80s, from Dawson County died on Wednesday, May, 13th. She had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Forty-one (41) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the […]

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The Buffalo County Agriculture Association has made the decision to cancel all in person live events for the 2020 Buffalo County Fair. While this was a difficult decision, the uncertainty of COVID-19 has led us to look at all possible options and we felt it was in the best interest for all involved. It is […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his afternoon press conference, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a dedicated hotline has been set up to answer questions about the Test Nebraska initiative.  The number is 402-207-9377.  Previously, the State’s general coronavirus hotline had been fielding calls related to Test Nebraska. The Governor also thanked nurses and caregivers for their work to serve […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of 1400 hrs. On 13th May there have been 1,442 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 44 deaths. By county, there are 1,368 cases and 35 deaths in Hall County, 53 cases and 9 deaths in Hamilton County, and 21 cases and zero deaths in Merrick […]

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May 13, 2020—Four Corners Health Department reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 in the District; 3 in York County and 1 in Seward County. This brings the total COVID-19 cases to 77 in the Four Corners District.  York County has 26 positives; Butler County 23; Seward County 19, and Polk County remains at 9. Of […]

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LINCOLN – Today at his afternoon press conference, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a dedicated hotline has been set up to answer questions about the Test Nebraska initiative.  The number is 402-207-9377.  Previously, the State’s general coronavirus hotline had been fielding calls related to Test Nebraska.   The Governor also thanked nurses and caregivers for their work to […]

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KEARNEY – Four (4) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 878 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Gosper County-1 Dawson County- 3 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. As of release time, the following text […]

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New Directed Health Measures went into effect Wednesday for the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Counties of Cuming, Burt, Stanton and Madison to allow for the reopening of dine-in services at restaurants, and also at Salons, Barber Shops, Tattoo Parlors, and Massage Therapy Services. Tina from the West Point Chamber says some businesses in town […]

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Wave to Seniors at the River Park will be held in Wisner Thursday night. Community Volunteer Staci Jensen says this is a celebration for Wisner-Pilger High School’s Class of 2020. Jensen says seniors and their families will be along that route, and people can have balloons and signs on their vehicles if they so choose. […]

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Test Nebraska will be offering testing events in Norfolk on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Click below to view flyer: Mobile testing 5-14-16-2020

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Due to low cloud ceilings forecast across much of Nebraska today, the flyover salute has been cancelled. We hope to schedule a future event to salute all the Nebraskans working hard against COVID-19. The Nebraska Air National Guard did have plans Wednesday for a flyover to salute healthcare professionals and all Nebraskans responding to the […]

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The Buffalo County Agriculture Association has made the decision to cancel all in person live events for the 2020 Buffalo County Fair. While this was a difficult decision, the uncertainty of COVID-19 has led us to look at all possible options and we felt it was in the best interest for all involved. It is […]

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May 12, 2020—Four Corners Health Department is reporting 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the District; one in Butler County and one in Seward County. The latest cases bring the total COVID-19 cases to 73 in the Four Corners District.  York and Butler Counties each have 23 positives, Seward County 18, and Polk County remains […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney will lift its campus closure designation and begin a limited reopening on Monday (May 18) for employees and students who need access. Faculty and staff are not expected to report to campus in person, and individuals who can continue to work remotely should do so. The reopening formally […]

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NEBRASKAland DAYS has successfully rescheduled the 2020 Buffalo Bill Rodeo for August 5-8, 2020. In an interview with the Rural Radio Network, Executive Director David Fudge said the committee hopes to provide rodeo fans with the same experience they would typically get in June. The performances will include all of the key players, including the […]

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(Fremont, NE – May 12, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry provided an update today to the community on recent cases at their facility. Since reporting to the public one week ago, Lincoln Premium Poultry reported an additional 12 cases of COVID-19 over the past week, which brings the company total to 40 cases. As of […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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During his daily media briefing on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts touched upon a few different topics including current hospital statistics, Police Week/ Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial Day, the National Guard State Flyover to honor health care workers, and fielding a variety of topics. Below are video segments of […]

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12:25pm Tuesday May 12, 2020   KEARNEY – Six (6) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 879 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Kearney County-1 Dawson County- 4 Phelps County- 1   No other new cases were reported in the […]

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  We are excited to announce that the 2020 Dawson County Fair will proceed with the guidelines below. With the uncertain times that lie ahead, the Dawson County Ag Society has adopted a resolution to hold the 2020 Dawson County Fair, but as a limited event. The fair board has been working closely with County […]

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  Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska Public Health Lab, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will be offering COVID-19 drive through testing this week beginning on Wednesday May 13th.  Please see the listed locations and times below. Wednesday, May 13th, Kearney, Buffalo […]

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Will help give insight into impact of pandemic on health professionals The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry launched this month, inviting U.S. healthcare workers to share clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by those on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines. The HERO research program leverages PCORnet®, the […]

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At Monday night’s West Point-Beemer School Board Meeting live streamed on the school’s Facebook page, Superintendent Bill McAllister said the Middle School has seen mixed completion percentages when it comes to E-Learning. McAllister says if in-person summer school is able to be held 9 students from each grade level will be identified to begin summer […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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May 11, 2020—Four Corners Health Department is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the District.  Seven of the new positives are from York County, and six from Butler County. The latest cases bring the total COVID-19 cases to 71 in the Four Corners District.  York County has 23 positives, Butler County 22, Seward County […]

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As of 3:00 p.m. today, CDHD reports a total of 1,410 COVID-19 positive cases and a total of 43 deaths in the Central District, broken down by county as follows: Hall 1,338 cases and 35 deaths; Hamilton 53 cases and 8 deaths; and Merrick 19 cases and zero deaths. In light of new data about […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that less restrictive Directed Health Measures (DHMs) will take effect in three additional regions in southern Nebraska on May 18, 2020.  These regions are the South Heartland, Public Health Solutions, and Two Rivers districts. The Governor also issued guidance to resume baseball and […]

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Today at his daily coronavirus press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that less restrictive Directed Health Measures will take effect in three additional regions in southern Nebraska on May 18, 2020.  These regions are the South Heartland, Public Health Solutions, and Two Rivers districts.  The Governor also issued guidance to resume baseball and softball in […]

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Protecting lungs from risks such as chemicals and dust is critical to keeping agricultural producers healthy. Despite current shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers and agricultural workers still need respiratory protection for many tasks in agriculture. The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of […]

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KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting the fifth and sixth deaths in the district. Both are women in their 50s and 60s, from Dawson County died on Friday, May, 8th. Both had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Thirty-two (32) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health […]

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  May 8, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) — On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., the State Highway Commission will conduct a virtual meeting via WebEx.  This is event is open to the public.  An audio feed will be available by dialing 1-415-655-0003.  When prompted, enter meeting number: 925 551 512 to connect to the call. If attendees would prefer […]

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MAY 8, 2020 (NEB.) The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) has implemented a new live chat feature on its website to allow veterans to connect with a state veteran service officer (VSO) virtually. Accredited VSOs are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., to assist veterans with filing first and supplemental claims, […]

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Photos Courtesy of Joe Roberts Scribner Volunteer EMT’s Joe Roberts and Chelsea Stockamp were deployed to New York City for three weeks to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic. Roberts, who is also Regional Manager for Midwest Medical, explains how this all came about and how it was organized. Stockamp says she suddenly found out she […]

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May 9, 2020—Four new cases of COVID-19 were lab-confirmed today in the Four Corners District: Butler County—A teenage male tested positive and his case is under investigation. York County—A male in his 30’s tested positive and is self-isolating at home.  His case is under investigation. Seward County—A male in his 20’s is positive, and his […]

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    KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health Department will be reporting weekend daily case numbers on Mondays going forward.  We want to acknowledge the outstanding work by our disease surveillance team including assistance with local and state partners, and state trained contact investigators.  This team has been working diligently to complete contact investigations for […]

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Unified Command confirms five new cases for COVID-19 in the Panhandle and the first positive case in Dawes County. The case details are as follows: County Demographics Exposure Type Dawes County Male in his 30s Close contact of a previously positive case Morrill County Male in his 70s Close contact of a previously positive case […]

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NORFOLK, Neb – The 47th Commencement of Northeast Community College will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Due to the ongoing Directed Health Measures that are in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a virtual ceremony. As of Monday, May 4, some 891 students, including those earning more than one […]

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    Burwell, NE – Eight (8) new case were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) district since May 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient’s privacy.   There is […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of an additional person from SWNPHD’s health district that has tested positive for COVID-19. This positive case is a male in their twenties in Keith County.  They are currently self-isolating at home. Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help […]

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Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy: Stay home. Do not take unnecessary trips outside the home. Respect the 10-person limit. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at […]

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May 8, 2020—Three new cases of COVID-19 were lab-confirmed today in the Four Corners District: Butler County—A female in her 20’s tested positive; her case is under investigation. Seward County—A female in her 20’s is positive; her case is a result of community transmission. Butler County—A female in her 40’s has also tested positive after […]

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    KEARNEY – Nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 841 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Buffalo County-1 Dawson County- 6 Franklin County-1 Phelps County- 1   No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Department teamed up with the Kearney-area community Friday to support Lopers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. UNK Athletics launched its “Lopers Love to Help” initiative to ensure the campus food pantry, Big Blue Cupboard, can continue serving students and employees in need. “In these challenging times, […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 8, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,380, and there are 42 deaths (no new). There are 17 cases in Merrick County, 52 cases in Hamilton County and 1,311 in Hall County.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts wrapped up the week with his daily media briefing on the latest on the state’s response to the Coronavirus. Today he was joined by John Hilgert with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Jason Jackson, the State of Nebraska Personnel Director. Below are video highlights from each segment of today’s briefing:  

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Omaha, Neb. (May 7, 2020) – The Zoo has made the difficult decision to furlough and eliminate positions at the Zoo. All furloughed employees will retain their health benefits and have been notified. The furloughs are in addition to salary reductions, a hiring freeze and non-animal related expense reductions. Dennis Pate, president and CEO of […]

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Increased COVID-19 testing is an important piece to finding the virus and keeping people, families, and communities safe from disease spread.   Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available for those with symptoms or at risk of being exposed.  This is not an antibody test.  Testing is available for Panhandle residents; minors need to be accompanied by […]

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KEARNEY – Eleven (11) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 832 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Buffalo County-3 Dawson County- 6 Franklin County-1 Phelps County- 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Total cases […]

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  LINCOLN – Secretary of State Bob Evnen is outlining what to expect at the polls for the primary election Tuesday, May 12. Primary Election.  Polls will be open May 12 from 8:00am – 8:00 pm Central Time (CDT) and 7:00am -7:00 pm Mountain Time (MDT).    Check your voter registration and polling place.  You can check […]

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The Nebraska National Guard held a testing event on May 6, 2020 in McCook hosted by Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) that screened 87 people for COVID-19.   An additional testing event is planned for Ogallala on May 8, 2020.  The Guard staff at these events are a combination of medical professionals from several different […]

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May 7, 2020—Four new COVID-19 cases have been lab-confirmed in the Four Corners District: Seward County–A female in her 50’s is self-isolating at home and upon investigation, is considered a case of community spread. Butler County–A female in her 30’s is self-isolating at home and is a close contact of another COVID-19 case. Seward County—A […]

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  May 7, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.)   COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                 Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                           6,771 positive tests —  30,987 negative tests  —   86 deaths                         Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Hall (Grand Island) 1,287 Staffed Beds 3,926 Douglas (Omaha)   1,113 Percent of Beds Available 48% Dakota (South Sioux City) 969 Percent of ICU Available  44% Dawson […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 7, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,375, and there are 42 deaths (2 new). There are 17 cases in Merrick County, 52 cases in Hamilton County and 1,306 in Hall County.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts again hosted his daily media briefing to talk about the latest on COVID-19 and the state’s response. Below are highlights from each portion of today’s meeting:  

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University of Nebraska President Ted Carter announced Thursday that tuition rates across the NU system will be frozen in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, another step to ensure affordability and predictability for students and families as they plan for the future. The two-year tuition freeze in the next biennium – the first back-to-back, across-the-board […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. (May 6, 2020) – Nebraska Tourism has updated the start date of the 2020 Nebraska Passport program to June 1, 2020. The Passport inspires Nebraskans to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. In 2019, the program generated $23.7 million in traveler spending. “We are monitoring […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraskans may begin enjoying recreational vehicle camping by reservation only at select state park areas starting May 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Limited RV camping will be available at select park areas where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s […]

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LINCOLN- Nebraska voters – vote – despite COVID-19.  “A record number of Nebraska voters requested an early ballot this year amid a COVID-19 event,” stated Secretary of State Bob Evnen. “To date, 63.7% of those who requested early ballots have returned their ballots and 47.8% of the voters in the all-mail-in counties have returned their ballots […]

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center will conduct virtual commencement ceremonies this week for 1,013 graduates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each UNMC college will host a virtual commencement and/or hooding ceremonies that will include videotaped elements of an address from UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. Each ceremony will conclude with the conferral of […]

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KEARNEY – One hundred (100) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 821 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 100 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Total cases to date in the district’s seven […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               6,433 positive tests —  29,690 negative tests  —   82 deaths                         Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Hall (Grand Island) 1,284 Staffed Beds 3,902 Douglas (Omaha)   1,049 Percent of Beds Available 49% Dakota (South Sioux City) 948 Percent of ICU Available  44% Dawson (Lexington)  617 Percent of Vents Available […]

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May 6, 2020—Two new COVID-19 cases have been lab-confirmed in the Four Corners District, both in Butler County: A male in his 50’s is self-isolating at home and upon investigation, is considered a case of community spread. A female in her 40’s is self-isolating and is associated with other cases at a workplace outside the […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts provided his daily media briefing on Wednesday, and began with his standard opening remarks.   Ricketts also thanked the Nebraska National Guard for its versatile service to the state during the pandemic.  Among other duties, the Guard has played a key role in packaging and distributing supplies to food banks, distributing personal […]

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    Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National Guard, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be offering COVID-19 drive through testing in Howard County on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Three hundred (300) tests will be available on a first come, first […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 6, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,359, and there are 40 deaths (1 new). There are 17 cases in Merrick County, 52 cases in Hamilton County and 1,290 in Hall County.

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A decision will soon be made on reopening cabins and campgrounds in Nebraska. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner. Wagner adds free fishing and free entry day has been delayed. Wagner also gave an update on Shroom Hunting. The Month of May is also Bird Month in Nebraska. For more information, head to outdoornebraska.org. Click here […]

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The Nebraska National Guard will conduct two testing events this week hosted by Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD); one in McCook on Wednesday May 6th and another in Ogallala on Wednesday May 8th.  The testing is open to all individuals from the nine-county health district and neighboring Nebraska county residents.  No walk-ins will be allowed.  […]

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  LINCOLN – In times like these many Nebraskans are ready to help. Secretary of State Bob Evnen expressed appreciation to the Nebraska REALTORS® Association for its support in asking Realtors to step forward as poll workers. “We as Realtors care deeply about our communities. And we are dedicated volunteers who give back to our communities. So, in the […]

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Central Community College will continue with limited access of college facilities through the end of the month. All CCC facilities have been closed since April 13, with instruction and services being conducted remotely. Beginning May 11, CCC will start gradually increasing the number of employees returning to physical locations, primarily managerial staff who will assist […]

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KEARNEY – Thirty three (33) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 721 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 27 Buffalo County- 3 Kearney County-1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Total cases to […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               6,083 positive tests —  28,526 negative tests  —   78 deaths                         Leading Counties (Cities) Hospital Beds Hall (Grand Island) 1,281 Staffed Beds 3,900 Douglas (Omaha)   944 Percent of Beds Available 51% Dakota (South Sioux City) 938 Percent of ICU Available  46% Dawson (Lexington)  552 Percent of Vents Available […]

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May 5, 2020—Three new COVID-19 cases have been lab-confirmed in the Four Corners District: Seward County. A male who is a minor has been self-isolating at home and is a close contact of a previous case. York County.  A male in his 30’s is self-isolating and is a workplace contact of a previous case. Butler […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts again kicked off his daily media briefing by reminding residents  to follow the Six Steps for Healthy Nebraskans, encouraged more people to register at TestNebraska.com, and provided information on child care resources available. Below are individualized video clips from each portion of today’s briefing:

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 5, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,350, and there are 39 deaths (2 new deaths). There are 15 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,285 in Hall County. There are a total of 31 deaths […]

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Lincoln – Attorney General Doug Peterson and the Attorneys General from ten other Midwestern states are urging the Department of Justice to pursue a federal investigation into suspected national price fixing by meat packers in the cattle industry. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the Attorneys General expressed concern over the likelihood […]

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The American Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, and soybean states have joined forces to launch a communications campaign to combat farm stress. May is Mental Health Month and Wendy Brannen, ASA Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications and C-19 Task Force member, talks below about the campaign and it’s goals. More information and resources can […]

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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 40 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln Tuesday morning, bringing the community total to 434. Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data. The Mayor and LLCHD will hold a briefing at 3:30 p.m. TODAY, Tuesday, […]

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Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska Public Health Lab, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will be offering COVID-19 drive through testing at the Phelps County Recycling Center this week on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM. One-hundred-fifty (150) tests will be available […]

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May 5, 2020, Lincoln – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). That person is self-isolating at home. Notification will be provided to the facility regarding […]

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U.S Attorney Joe Kelly announces a concerted effort to investigate and prosecute those who engage in predatory behavior in regard to housing-related sexual harassment. Such behavior is illegal under the Fair Housing Act. As this country adopts drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, many Americans have lost their jobs and many more have […]

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  LINCOLN – The first COVID-19 case in Boone County has been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Local health departments are reporting deaths and cases in their jurisdictions. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS dashboard data and deaths or cases reported by local public health officials, data reported […]

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KEARNEY – Nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 689 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 7 Kearney County- 1 Buffalo County- 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. Total cases to […]

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May 4, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               5,910 positive tests —  27,844 negative tests  —   78 deaths Leading Counties (Cities) There are 30 counties with no reported cases, and 11 counties with only 1 case Hall (Grand Island):                  1,256 Dakota (South Sioux City):           918 Douglas (Omaha):                       878 Dawson (Lexington):                    543 […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that testing has begun in Grand Island and Omaha as part of the Test Nebraska initiative. The Governor also called attention to a childcare referral resource created by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF) in partnership with State agencies.  NCFF Senior Vice […]

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May 4, 2020—Four Corners announces 7 new cases of COVID-19 in local residents:  A female in her 20’s in York County was exposed at a workplace outside the District.  A male in his 60’s in York County is self-isolating, and is a case of community spread.  A female in her 50’s in […]

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(Fremont, NE – May 4, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry shared that they learned today of the passing of an employee due an underlying health condition that was made worse by COVID-19. “We are heartbroken to learn that we lost a team member and are working to assist the family as they sort through the […]

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Regional West Medical Center opened a new Critical Care Unit today as they remain committed to meeting the growing needs of caring for the region’s most critically ill and injured patients. The new Critical Care Unit is located on the hospital’s second floor, and features 12 new critical care rooms, bringing Regional West’s critical care […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts kicked off this week by once again reminding residents  to follow the Six Steps for Healthy Nebraskans, encouraged more people to register at TestNebraska.com, and provided information on child care resources available. Below are individualized video clips from each portion of today’s briefing:

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Click below for the information: Mobile testing 5-5-2020

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A Cozad man died from complications of COVID-19.  Twenty-seven-year-old, Pedro Garcia III passed away over the weekend from complications of COVID-19. Garcia attended UNK from 2016-18 and was working toward a degree in criminal justice. Garcia was a 2011 graduate of Cozad High School, where he was a standout wrestler and competed in football and […]

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Holt County Reports Its First Case   LINCOLN – Two additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today. They occurred in the Two Rivers Public Health District, in Dawson County.   In addition, Holt County reported its first case.   Local health departments are reporting deaths […]

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North Platte, Nebraska – The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has four new cases of COVID-19 from Lincoln County. Two females, one in in her 30’s and the other in her 20’s, a male under the age of 18, and a male in his 50’s. All indidivudals are isolating at home. “All of these […]

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Unified Command confirms three new cases for COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County.  All three cases are males, one in his 50’s and two in their 20’s, are close contacts of a previously positive case. The investigation is complete. Close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of two additional persons from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19. Cases include: One Furnas County resident – A female in her 60’s who is self-isolating at home, related to direct contact with case 5 from Furnas County. One Keith County resident – […]

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  (May 1, 2020 | Sidney, Neb.) The Sidney Community Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation, has made five grants totaling over $184,000 to protect local childcare and early childhood education capacity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from the Fund, established to support Sidney and its neighboring communities, will benefit […]

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It was all hands on deck Saturday evening, as the Scottsbluff Fire Department organized ‘Light Up Regional West‘. First responders including area firefighters, EMT’s, and law enforcement led a procession from the Public Safety Building up Avenue B to the hospital. Chris Gabis- President of Scottsbluff Professional Firefighters Local 1454- says this event was all […]

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Kearney- In coordination with Governor Ricketts, Two Rivers Public Health Department is advising the public of changes in Directed Health Measures on all seven counties (Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps) in the district starting May 4th, continuing until May 31st to protect the health of citizens in the district. The Directed Health […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a proactive effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is delaying Free Fishing and Park Entry Day. It had been scheduled for May 16. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, typically held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, allows anyone to […]

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May 2, 2020—Four Corners Health Department announces two cases of COVID-19: Polk County—A male in his 30’s has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home.  This case is associated with a workplace outside the District. Butler County—A male in his 50’s has been hospitalized and lab-confirmed for COVID-19.  He and his contacts are […]

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  KEARNEY – Fifteen (15) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 653 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include:  Dawson County- 13  Kearney County- 1  Gosper County- 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers […]

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The Nebraska National Guard, in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and City of Lexington are conducting free COVID-19 testing in Lexington on Sunday May 3rd from 9:00am to 3:30pm. The testing is conducted in drive-through fashion, (no need to leave your vehicle) at the Glenn Hawks City Service Building, located […]

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GRETNA, Neb. – A Nebraska mall that pitched itself as a case study for how to reopen safely welcomed back an early trickle of customers who wandered the open-air venue wearing masks. Nebraska Crossing opened 11 of its more than 80 stores and remained mostly vacant, with less than a dozen patrons on the property […]

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(LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) distributed nearly 100,000 face masks to truck drivers across Nebraska over the last two days. “This was a tremendous effort by many people to primarily do two things: show our thanks and support to these drivers and to help protect them as they continue working to […]

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  Nurse aide and medication aide classes will be offered in a hybrid format this summer through Mid-Plains Community College. The classes, which are typically conducted in a classroom or health care facility setting, have been restructured amid coronavirus concerns. According to Brett Niemeth, nursing support coordinator, students will still learn the same basic information […]

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The new Directed Health Measures for the Four Corners District have been released. The new Directed Health Measures are effective from May 4th through May 31st. On our website at, http://www.fourcorners.ne.gov/coronavirus-n-cov, you will find: New Directed Health Measures May 4-31, 2020 Restaurant In-Room Dining Reopening (available in English and Spanish), and Guidelines for Faith-Based Services (including weddings […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as “Beef Month” in Nebraska.  He also overviewed the actions the State has taken to assist meat processors with their health and safety practices.   Additionally, he announced the availability of the State’s latest directed health measures (DHMs) for all 19 local […]

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North Platte, Nebraska – The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has four new cases of COVID-19 from Lincoln County. One is a lady in her 30’s who is hospitalized, a female in her teens who ishome isolating, a male in his teens is home isolating, and a male in his 60’s home isolating. ‘All […]

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LINCOLN – Three additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today. The Sarpy/Cass Health Department reported its first death, that of an individual in his 80s who lived in Sarpy County. https://www.facebook.com/SarpyCassHealth/ Two Rivers Public Health Department reported its second death, that of a woman […]

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  May 1, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               4,281 positive tests —  23,104 negative tests  —   70 deaths United States         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:                               1,062,446 cases  —  62,406 deaths                               https://www.cdc.gov/covid19. Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report                               3,175,207 cases  — 224,172 deaths                               Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard                               3,321,402 cases  —  237,180 deaths […]

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  KEARNEY – Forty five (45) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 638 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 42 Buffalo- 2 Phelps- 1   No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.   Total […]

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   Burwell, NE – Fifteen (15) new case were reported in Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) district since April 27th at 12:00 p.m. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient’s privacy.   There is a total […]

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Hear interview with Mrs. Hawken(Molly) Albus below The wedding of Hawken and Molly Albus on April 25th was curbed by Coronavirus guidelines but, it still went on. Molly says they had been planning for around 400 guests and reception with food, music and photography. But as the Coronavirus bore down, they made the hard decision […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts wrapped up the week reminding Nebraskans to follow the Six Steps for Healthy Nebraskans, encouraged more people to register at TestNebraska.com, and signed a proclamation declaring May Beef Month in Nebraska. Below are individualized video clips from each portion of today’s briefing:  

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 1, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,170, and there are 37 deaths. There are 10 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,110 in Hall County.

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Lincoln, Neb. —  Nebraska received nearly 8,200 new unemployment claims last week as the fallout from coronavirus-related restrictions on business continued. The latest number from the U.S. Department of Labor is about 4,000 lower than the previous week, but is still higher than average. The number of new claims has been falling since it peaked […]

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MAY 1, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) distributed nearly 100,000 face masks to truck drivers across Nebraska over the last two days. “This was a tremendous effort by many people to primarily do two things: show our thanks and support to these drivers and to help protect them as they […]

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is expressing confidence in the new coronavirus tests that the state purchased through a no-bid contract with a small Utah startup firm after a local newspaper raised questions about the accuracy of the company’s results. Ricketts says state officials will work to ensure that the tests administered through the TestNebraska program […]

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  Today (Friday, May 1), Humanities Nebraska (HN) will begin accepting applications for CARES Act emergency funds to assist Nebraska museums, historic sites, and other cultural non-profit organizations who are in need of general operating support in order to continue humanities activities during the COVID-19 crisis.   Funding for these grants has been provided by […]

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LINCOLN, Neb.  – 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 13 new deaths from the virus on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 68. […]

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Lincoln, NE, May 1, 2020—Nonprofits are eligible to take part in #GivingTuesdayNow—a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the financial crisis caused by COVID-19. In tandem with GivingTuesday, Nonprofit Hub, Do More Good and Firespring launched the #Nonprofit Matching-Fund Initiative as […]

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KEARNEY – With great sorrow, we are reporting a second death in our district. A woman in her 60s from Dawson County died on Monday, April 27th. She had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Fifty seven (57) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska state lawmaker says his father has died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, says his father, 72-year-old Antonio Vargas, had spent 31 days on a ventilator in a New York hospital. The elder Vargas died early Wednesday morning. Tony Vargas says his mother, […]

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KEARNEY – As part of an agreement between the University of Nebraska system and State of Nebraska, two UNK residence halls are serving as alternative care sites for individuals required to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19. The Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, area hospitals and others are utilizing the […]

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LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he has issued a new executive order (EO) pertaining to unemployment benefits.  Among other things, the EO retroactively extends eligibility for pandemic-related unemployment benefits to include the week of March 15-21, 2020. Nebraska Commissioner of Labor John Albin joined the Governor to discuss […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of two additional persons from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19. New cases include: One Red Willow County resident – A female in her 30’s who is self-isolating at home, related to direct contact with case #4 from Red Willow County. One Red […]

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In-Person Church Services are set to resume at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point on Monday as the 10-person limit rule for churches will be lifted starting then. Father Steve Emanuel. Father Steve says St. Mary’s will abide by the Social Distancing Guideline of keeping people 6 feet apart, and feels the church is […]

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April 30, 2020—As of today, Four Corners Health Department (serving Butler, Polk, Seward and York Counties) reports three new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19: Seward County—A male, who is a minor, who is isolating at home.  His COVID-19 disease is a result of community transmission outside the district. Butler County—A female in her 40’s, who is […]

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  April 30, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               3,784 positive tests —  21,537 negative tests  —   68 deaths United States         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:                               1,031,659 cases  —  60,057 deaths                               https://www.cdc.gov/covid19. Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report                               3,090,445 cases  — 217,769 deaths                               Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard                               3,255,454 cases  —  231,415 deaths […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 30, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,100, and there are 37 deaths. There are 9 cases in Merrick County, 49 cases in Hamilton County and 1,042 in Hall County.

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Governor Pete Ricketts tackled a variety of subjects during his Thursday afternoon media briefing. He began with a reminder of the six steps Nebraskans should be following to Keep Nebraska Healthy. Ricketts then encouraged the roughly 95 percent of residents who have not yet registered on TestNebraska.com to do so. He and Labor Commissioner John […]

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Read letter from Two Rivers Public Health Director Jeremy Eschliman here Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department has received multiple requests to share information with dispatchers, emergency responders, and law enforcement about positive COVID-19 patients.  After thoughtful discussion, input from multiple public members, and deliberations, the Two Rivers Public Health Department Board of Health has […]

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There is an update with regard to the COVID-19 testing. There will be no testing scheduled for this weekend. The initial report was that testing would be taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2020, this will not be happening. There will be limited testing tomorrow, Friday, May 1, 2020; however, the schedule for tomorrow is […]

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Nebraska’s Governor is asking for a little patience from those awaiting benefit checks from new unemployment claims, especially those who filed as a direct result of job losses due to the virus pandemic. Pete Ricketts tells KNEB News several factors have slowed the processing of COVID-19 jobless claims, including the need to build the software […]

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KEARNEY – Nineteen (19) new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 536 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 13 Buffalo- 4 Gosper- 1 Phelps- 1 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.  Total cases to […]

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OMAHA—Medica today announced it would allocate $200,000 in emergency donations among nine Nebraska non-profit organizations and community health centers that play important roles in addressing needs of the most vulnerable people in communities statewide, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Funding is being made available through the Medica Foundation. “Response to the extensive and destructive reach […]

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports a total of 10 new Covid-19 related deaths in the district, bringing the total number of deaths to 35, with a total of 28 in Hall County, 7 in Hamilton and none in Merrick County.  CDHD additionally reports a total of 1,035 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today. The […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State will relax its directed health measures (DHMs) in three additional local health departments as of May 11, 2020.  These are the Lincoln/Lancaster County, West Central, and Three Rivers health districts. The Governor also reminded Nebraskans to visit TestNebraska.com to fill out the simple, 5-minute health assessment.  These […]

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Hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received remdesivir recovered faster than similar patients who received placebo, according to a preliminary data analysis from a randomized, controlled trial involving 1,063 patients, which began on Feb. 21. The trial (known as the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial, or ACTT), sponsored by the National Institute of […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of three additional persons from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19. New cases include: One Furnas County resident – A female in her 40’s who is self-isolating at home, related to travel outside the health district. One Frontier County resident – A female […]

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Four Corners Health Department reports two new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Polk County.  A male in his 50s and female in her 20s have tested positive and are both self-isolating at home.  Both cases are related and originated at a worksite outside the District. This brings the Four Corners total COVID-19 cases to 28.  […]

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  April 28, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               3,374 positive tests —  20,257 negative tests  —   55 deaths United States         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:                               1,005,147 cases  —  57,505 deaths                               https://www.cdc.gov/covid19. Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report                               2,954,222 cases  — 202,597 deaths                               Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard                               3,179,494 cases  —  225,927 deaths […]

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This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State will relax its directed health measures (DHMs) in three additional local health departments as of May 11, 2020.  These are the Lincoln/Lancaster County, West Central, and Three Rivers health districts. The Governor also reminded Nebraskans to visit TestNebraska.com to fill out the simple, 5-minute health assessment.  These […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 29, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,030, and there are 35 deaths. There are 9 cases in Merrick County, 49 cases in Hamilton County and 972 cases in Hall County.

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YORK-York General has announced that the hospital will be undergoing a gradual reopening of some of its patient services which had been suspended as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The resumption of many of those services at the hospital will be spread out over several weeks, and will be reviewed […]

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Burwell, NE – A woman in her 90s and confirmed to have COVID-19 died on Tuesday, April 28, marking the third coronavirus-related death in the Loup Basin Public Health district. The woman had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. Due to the low number of cases in the district and privacy concerns, no additional […]

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KEARNEY – Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, pushing the total to 517 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County- 18 No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.  Total cases to date in the district’s seven counties are: […]

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LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will distribute 100,000 surgical masks to truck drivers over the next two days at several locations. The masks were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NSP is working with the Nebraska […]

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Butler County has a new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.  A male in his 50s has tested positive and is self-isolating at home.  Additional COVID-19 cases are being identified at his worksite outside the District. This brings the Four Corners total COVID-19 cases to 26.  Butler County has 3 cases, York County 11, Seward County 7 […]

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Unified Command confirms two new cases for COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County. A female in her 40’s and a male in his teens are close contacts of a previously positive case. The investigation is complete. Close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health officials. March […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts again hosted his daily media briefing discussing the latest COVID related news in Nebraska and fielding questions from reporters. Video highlights are in individualized clips below:          

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APRIL 28, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will distribute 100,000 surgical masks to truck drivers over the next two days at several locations. The masks were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NSP is […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 28, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 990, and there are 25 deaths. There are 9 cases in Merrick County, 48 cases in Hamilton County and 933 in Hall County.

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April 2020 Dear Relay For Life Sponsor, The Relay For Life of the Cuming County Area cannot thank you enough for your incredible past and present support for cancer survivors and the fight against cancer! With the prevention of the spread and current state of emergency of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 in mind, the Relay For Life […]

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Click below for ELVPHD COVID-19 Testing Information Mobile test announcement 4-28-20

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Click image below for interview WHAT: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, a trade organization for the state’s ethanol industry, in conjunction with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, and the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus, will hold a hand sanitizer giveaway for Dawson and Gosper County area businesses to assist in protecting the health of employees during the COVID-19 […]

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    KEARNEY – Forty-two new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, pushing the total to 503 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Phelps County 1 Buffalo County 6 Dawson County 35   No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district.   […]

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There is 1 new case of coronavirus in Cuming County for a total of 4 in the county while Madison County is reporting 14 new cases for a total of 91. According to the DHHS Website, Dixon County is also reporting 1 new case for 3 total cases in that county. 330 more cases have […]

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Unified Command confirms one new case for COVID-19 in Cheyenne County. Officials say the latest positive case is a woman in her 30’s  and is a close contact of a previously positive case. The investigation is complete. Close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health […]

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(Fremont, NE – April 27, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry announced 9 additional cases of COVID-19 over the past week.  They last reported a total of six cases cases one week ago and as of today have also registered 26 negative cases among employees. “We have been working tirelessly to obtain testing for any of […]

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Seward County has a new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.  A female in her 30s has tested positive and is self-isolating at home.  She developed symptoms and was tested after being in quarantine because of contact with another known case. This brings the Four Corners total COVID-19 cases to 25.  Seward County has 7 cases, York […]

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CDHD reports a total of 954 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 25 deaths as of 2:00 PM 4/27/20. Hall County: 899 Hamilton County: 47 Merrick County: 8

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  COVID-19 has shuttered businesses and diminished profits across Nebraska, but in some of the state’s local grocery stores, business has been booming. “Profits are up, but you’re still having to replace these products that you’re selling,” said Clint Didier, manager of Didier’s Grocery in Schuyler. “It’s basically like a holiday.” At Plum Creek Marketplace […]

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  April 27, 2020 (LINCOLN, Neb.) COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               3,028 positive tests —  19,335 negative tests  —   56 deaths United States         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:                               928,619 cases  —  52,459 deaths                               https://www.cdc.gov/covid19. Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report                               2,804,796 cases  — 193,710 deaths                               Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard                               3,002,303 cases  —  208,131 deaths […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the formation of a business task force to restore growth to Nebraska’s economy.  Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Tony Goins will chair the task force.  He joined the Governor at today’s press briefing to talk about the mission of the task force.   Additionally, Gov. Ricketts gave […]

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Today Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska’s Economic Development Director Tony Goins spoke at the daily COVID-19 briefing addressing a variety of topics. Next, Goins announced the “Get Nebraska Growing Task Force,” which will lead the way to bolstering cooperation among Nebraska Businesses. He says they will work to identify and communicate the best practices and […]

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The hardest part: It was heartbreaking to learn of the first reported death in Dakota County related to COVID 19. On behalf of me, my family and my office staff, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Raymundo Corral. On Thursday, April 23, 2020, we also learned of […]

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  A North Platte Community College student is making face shields to help protect local health care providers against COVID-19. Packer Daily is a member of NPCC’s STEM Club and is also a nutrition services employee at Great Plains Health. For the past couple of weeks, he has been creating face shields using a MakerBot […]

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Click on interview below   If there is one common trait among people in the agriculture industry, it is the willingness to come together and take action in a time of crisis.  Dusty Turner, owner of MasterHand Milling, and Kaleb Terlip, owner of American Premiere Equine, are doing exactly that to help fight COVID-19.   MasterHand Milling and […]

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Teachers Meet Virtually for Annual Delegate Assembly, Elect Leaders, Honor Community Service, Announce Contribution to Food Bank April 26, 2020 — Nearly 300 teachers and other education professionals from across Nebraska met virtually this weekend to set the course for the next school year and to honor those who have gone above and beyond to support […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 26, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 931, and there are 25 deaths. There are 8 cases in Merrick County, 47 cases in Hamilton County and 876 in Hall County.

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Butler County has its second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.  A male in his 30s has tested positive as a result of workplace testing outside the Four Corners District.  He is self-isolating at home. A woman in her 50’s from York County has also been lab-confirmed with COVID-19.  She is a direct contact of an earlier […]

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KEARNEY – Twelve new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunay by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 461 in the seven-county region. New confirmed cases include: Dawson County 12 Total cases to date in the district’s seven counties are: Dawson County – 357 Buffalo County – 88 Gosper County – 8 Kearney […]

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A new case of COVID-19 has been reported to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD):  a male in his forties from Red Willow County, who is currently self-isolating at home. This case has been determined to be from community spread and is the fourth positive COVID-19 case in SWNPHD. Contact investigations are underway to identify […]

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Unified Command has received verification there is no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dawes County. The state map will be corrected soon. March 2-April 25, 2020 Positive: 44 Recovered: 26 • Box Butte County: 1 case • Cheyenne County: 5 cases; 4 have recovered and are out of isolation • Kimball County: 10 Cases; 10 have recovered and […]

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CDHD reports a total of 866 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area with 24 deaths as of 1600 hours 25th April. 811 cases are in Hall county, 47 in Hamilton county, and 8 cases in Merrick county.

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KEARNEY – Fifty three new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Two Rivers Public Health Department, increasing the total to 449 in the seven-county region. Please note, the numbers reported yesterday were current, but a clerical error citing the day as Tuesday needs to be corrected to Friday. Friday 4/24/2020 reported 53 new cases […]

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LINCOLN The Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) is working with other area physician-led organizations to coordinate statewide distribution of over 24,000 donated face shields to Nebraska healthcare providers. “The NMA received 9,000 face shields that were donated for distribution through the organization #GetUsPPE. In fact, I drove 1,500 critically-needed face shields to the York and Grand […]

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Four Corners Health Department is reporting a new case of COVID-19 in a young person (a minor). The individual is a male residing in York County, and is isolating at home. Close contacts of the case have been notified and are in quarantine. Upon investigation, it has been determined that there has been a low-risk […]

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Lexington, Ne – Tyson employees in Lexington, Nebraska received hand sanitizer after their shifts were over on Friday, April 24. Dawson County Recovery Group (DCRG) spent the day handing out 12 ounce jars of hand sanitizer to 2,800 Tyson employees. DCRG  was organized in July of 2019 to address the ongoing needs caused by the […]

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Unified Command confirms three new cases for COVID-19 in Scotts Bluff County. Two females, one in her 40s and one youth, and one male in his teens are all close contacts of a previously positive case. The investigation is complete. Close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms […]

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  Burwell, NE – This afternoon, Governor Ricketts announced that Loup Basin Public Health Department, along with several other local health departments across the state, will be releasing an update to the Directed Health Measures (DHMs) that are currently in place. This lessening of restrictions is being allowed in response to the low number of […]

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LINCOLN – Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported Friday. Two deaths were in Hall County, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 70s. – https://www.facebook.com/cdhd.ne.gov. A third death occurred in Madison County. https://www.facebook.com/elvphd/.   Local health departments are reporting deaths and cases in their jurisdictions. In the event of a discrepancy […]

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Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported Friday. Two deaths were in Hall County, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 70s. – https://www.facebook.com/cdhd.ne.gov. A third death occurred in Madison County. https://www.facebook.com/elvphd/. Local health departments are reporting deaths and cases in their jurisdictions. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS dashboard […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced upcoming changes that ease some restrictions on social gatherings and business operations in Nebraska as of May 4, 2020. Maintaining the integrity of Nebraska’s health care system has been the State’s top consideration when making decisions about public health measures.  Nebraska continues to have ample capacity to care […]

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    KEARNEY – Fifty-three cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday by Two Rivers Public Health Department, pushing the total to 396 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Buffalo County 3 Dawson County 47 Pediatric 3 (2 Dawson, 1 Buffalo) No other new cases were reported in the Two Rivers district. […]

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LINCOLN – As testing supplies and resources increase and become more widely available, public health officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are encouraging health care providers to test more people for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Widespread testing for COVID-19 is a critical tool in reducing the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Gary […]

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This is the first time the Four Corners Health Department was able to provide mass testing. With the help of state and local health officials, the Nebraska National Guard tested 89 people that were pre-identified by the Four Corners Health Department. For several days ahead of the event, staff worked with medical providers, businesses, and […]

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    Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) is reporting the twenty-first (21) COVID-19 positive case in Custer County. The female in her 40s is isolating at home. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of 2:00 p.m. today, April 24, 2020, the number of positive cases confirmed by laboratory is 760 with 21 deaths. There are 8 cases in Merrick County, 31 cases in Hamilton County and 721 in Hall County. The most recent deaths are a man in his 30’s from […]

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Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts hosted his daily COVID response briefing at the Nebraska Capitol, and had some big news regarding many state issued Directed Health Measures. He began with his standard opening remarks and also tackled several other talking points. Ricketts then addressed existing and forthcoming state Directed Health Measures in Nebraska. He then announced […]

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  U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly announced the Nebraska Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Commission (Crime Commission) received $4,337,801 in a Department of Justice grant to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The grant, awarded to the Crime Commission is available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus […]

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Congressman Adrian Smith and Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) released a document making hospitals receiving less than 50 percent of their funding from state and local governments eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new rule effectively allows all small hospitals […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Pete Ricketts says he doesn’t plan to close any of Nebraska’s meatpacking plants despite a surge in coronavirus cases in their surrounding communities that have turned them into the state’s biggest hot spots. Ricketts says he was concerned that shuttering the plants could hurt the state’s food supply and lead to […]

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Two additional cases of COVID-19 are reported in the Four Corners District:  one in Seward County, and one in York County.  Both cases are direct contacts of other previously-reported known COVID-19 cases. Seward County:  A male in his 30’s has tested positive and is self-isolating at home. York County:  A male in his 40’s was […]

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    KEARNEY – Seventy new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday by Two Rivers Public Health Department, pushing the total to 343 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Fifty six adults in Dawson County Two pediatric cases in Dawson County Ten adults in Buffalo County One pediatric case in Buffalo […]

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NSP Issues 100 Citations for Violators Speeding More Than 100 mph   April 23, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced today a joint effort with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to urge drivers to slow down given the large increase in citations for speeding in excess of 100 mph that […]

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) worked in collaboration with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska’s National Guard to conduct a mass testing event on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The testing was held in Valley County. LBPHD worked in collaboration with local partners (clinics, hospitals, long term cares, […]

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Updated testing numbers and results for the ELVPHD district. The Tyson outbreak has grown to 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases from employees of the plant. An additional 117 tests are pending in the district, and it is unknown at this time how many of those tests are from Tyson employees. As results are received and interviews […]

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Central District Health Department reports that as of 2:00 p.m. today, April 23, 2020, the number of positive laboratory confirmed cases is 700 with 19 deaths. There are 7 cases in Merrick County, 29 cases in Hamilton County, 664 cases in Hall County. The most recent death is a male in his 60’s and from […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts tackled a variety of topics during Thursday’s daily media briefing, and also had Nebraska Department of Agriculture Steve Wellman talk about a new task force. Below are video clips from each talking point from today’s conference:  

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LINCOLN – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Doug Peterson and a bipartisan coalition of 34 attorneys general recommended actions to help homeowners in letters sent today to the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Nebraska homeowners are facing unprecedented challenges as a result […]

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LINCOLN, NE- The Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) is working with other area physician-led organizations to coordinate statewide distribution of over 24,000 donated face shields to Nebraska healthcare providers. “The NMA received 9,000 face shields that were donated for distribution through the organization #GetUsPPE. In fact, I drove 1,500 critically-needed face shields to the York and […]

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LINCOLN, Neb – Governor Pete Ricketts authorized the Nebraska National Guard to deploy soldiers to Food Bank of Lincoln to help pack critical meals for Nebraska’s rapidly growing number of food- insecure children, families and seniors. “The Food Bank of Lincoln is grateful for the support of the Nebraska National Guard. The needs of those […]

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Public Health Solutions (PHS) reports six (6) new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PHS district. The new cases include the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Fillmore County. The patient, a male in his 20s, is self-isolating at home. Contact tracing is underway to identify close contacts of the individual. Five (5) confirmed cases were reported […]

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  Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (CSS) continues to serve the vulnerable of southern Nebraska.  In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, CSS announced today that $200,000 will be released to help the poor and vulnerable in southern Nebraska, specifically to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic needing help with rent, utilities, food and cash assistance. “Jesus Christ […]

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St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Point Vacancy Pastor Robert Schilling spoke with KTIC about how Christians are turning to God during this coronavirus pandemic. Schilling says Christians have turned to prayer. Schilling says people can watch St. Paul’s recorded church services every week on YouTube. A link to them can be found on their […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, during his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts encouraged Nebraskans to take an online assessment as part of the State’s Test Nebraska plan.  The Governor also announced that Ed and Leta Olson have received the 2020 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska.  The Olsons were selected as this year’s award recipients in recognition […]

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KEARNEY – Twenty nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday by Two Rivers Public Health Department, pushing the total to 273 in the seven-county region it serves. New confirmed cases include: Four women between the ages of 50 and 80 from Buffalo County Three men between the ages of 30 and 50 from Buffalo […]

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  LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the previous deadline for grant applications under the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) has been extended from May 15 to July 1, 2020. “As a result of COVID-19, I have instructed our Department of Economic Development, which administers the DYTI program, to extend this year’s grant application […]

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{Madison, NE} Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) continues to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at Tyson in Madison, NE. At this time, there are a total of 29 confirmed cases stemming from employees of that Tyson plant. In addition, there are an additional 56 COVID-19 tests pending in the health district, and it is […]

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This afternoon, during his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts encouraged Nebraskans to take an online assessment as part of the State’s Test Nebraska plan. The Governor also announced that Ed and Leta Olson have received the 2020 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska.  The Olsons were selected as this year’s award recipients in recognition of […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska                Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard                               1,722 positive tests —  14,597 negative tests  —   38 deaths   United States         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:                               802,583 cases  —  44,575 deaths                               https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.   Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report                               2,397,217 cases  — 162,956 deaths                               Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard                               2,611,182 cases  —  181,235 deaths   State of Nebraska […]

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Congressman Adrian Smith and colleagues from Alabama and Texas have introduced a bill aimed at allowing rural county and municipal hospitals to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program created by the CARES Act to keep workers on the payroll at businesses adn non-profits with fewer than 500 employees. Because local governments such as cities and […]

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Turkey Hunting season is in full swing in Nebraska. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner says now is the time to go, but there are rules to follow. Fishing is another local activity Nebraskans can take part in during this Coronavirus Pandemic. Wagner says get out there and fish, but remember social distancing guidelines. Wagner says […]

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YORK- Members of the National Guard provided drive-up COVID-19 testing at the Holthus Convention Center on Wednesday in York. The tests were for pre-identified people that may be experiencing symptoms,  have been exposed, and are employed at high-risk workplaces. Executive Director of the Four Corners Health Department Laura  McDougall explains the importance of having these […]

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, calls for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make economic impact payments of up to $1,200 per taxpayer and $500 for each qualifying child, adjusted based on income. The federal government has announced that any money received due to the CARES […]

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We all are encouraged to be active these days. It’s so important, the Governor has included it in the 6 Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy. Being active is good for our physical health and our mental health. Our normal routines have been changed, which can make it hard to find new ways to be active. […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska outlet mall that announced plans to reopen this week amid the coronavirus pandemic appears to have backed away from those plans with an online post that says the opening is primarily for employees to get their stores ready for business. Officials with Nebraska Crossing, an upscale outlet mall near Omaha, […]

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  Burwell, NE –Loup Basin Public Health Department received confirmation of the sixth COVID-19 case in Howard County. This case is a woman in her 30s who was exposed to a person with COVID-19. The individual has been self-isolating at home since April 17, 2020. All close contacts have been identified and asked to self-quarantine […]

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Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers.   See below for full details. Cumulative District Total Positive Cases: 244*       New District Cases Today: 2       New Buffalo County Cases: 0     New Dawson County Cases: 2     ·       1 male in his 40s ·       1 […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new plan to scale up Nebraska’s capability to test for COVID-19.  The State is launching a public-private partnership to significantly expand testing in Nebraska over the next several weeks.  The program will enlist Nebraskans to take an assessment, get tested, and track their health. Gov. Ricketts introduced […]

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The Nebraska Health Care Association has a goal of collecting 5,000 cloth face masks by 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Director of Membership and Marketing, Khristine Gilroy-Johnson, says they are looking for a specific type of mask to get to their facility in one of two ways. People are asked to drop them in the available […]

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One new case of COVID-19 was lab-confirmed in the Four Corners District (Butler, Polk, Seward and York Counties) for April 21, 2020.  A Seward County resident is the newest individual to test positive—a male in his 50’s who is self-isolating at home. COVID-19 case totals today for the Four Corners District are 18, including 1 […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         Nebraska COVID-19 topped 1,000 with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Thursday evening report of 1,066 cases.               As of April 21, the case numbers for Nebraska were: 1,648 positive tests —  14,724 negative tests  —   33 deaths   Nebraska numbers include negative results from NPHL and commercial labs. Both state and local health departments […]

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Unified Command confirms a new case for COVID-19 in Cheyenne County, and officials say it is a man in his 60’s.   The initial investigations have begun, and more details will be released when they are complete.  Close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health officials. […]

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During Tuesday afternoon’s daily media briefing, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a major partnership to help COVID-19 testing in Nebraska. He began, as always, by reminding Nebraskans to follow the six steps to stay healthy amid the pandemic. Then, Ricketts announced a new program in the state’s fight against the Coronavirus. The program’s developers weighed in […]

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Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) continues to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at Tyson in Madison, NE. At this time, there are a total of nine confirmed cases stemming from employees of that Tyson plant. In addition, there are an additional 47 COVID-19 tests pending in the health district, and it is unknown at […]

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Nebraska Public Health officials say increased in-state and national laboratory COVID-19 testing capacity and result turnarounds of four days or less means health providers can now favor laboratory confirmation of the illness over a clinical diagnosis. In a DHHS Health Alert Network Advisory, Dr. Gary Anthone says the development means doctors should have a low […]

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To help in the fight against COVID-19, the Nebraska Health Care Association is collecting 5,000 cloth face masks by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, to distribute to Nebraska nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospices. If you have immediate access to two-ply cloth masks that are clean and washable, you are asked to mail them to 1200 […]

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LINCOLN – Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to increase in Nebraska. If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, it’s likely you are recovering at home, isolating from others and caring for yourself. “As the virus continues to spread, it’s important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have […]

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Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson Monday announced that his office is sending warning letters to healthcare providers and other businesses making deceptive or scientifically unsupported claims about their ability to test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specifically, the Attorney General and Nebraska State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Safranek, are concerned that those offering antibody (or serological) tests […]

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Central Community College will receive nearly $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education to assist with COVID-related expenses. The allocation is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act, or CARES, which was passed earlier this month. The measure stipulates that half of the federal dollars, approximately $950,000, be directed as emergency […]

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First Case Identified in Dixon County   LINCOLN – The Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that five additional Nebraskans have succumbed to COVID-19 and one new county has seen its first case.   The Central District Health Department reported three deaths: one on April 17 of a Hamilton County female in her 60s, […]

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The Wisner City Council took action to handle utility disconnects on a case-by-case basis during COVID-19 at Monday night’s meeting held by video conference. Mayor Chad Dixon. Dixon says one thing being considered is charging $50 for every time a city employee visits someone’s home after three visits. The council also approved the Swimming Pool […]

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NEW  Today is 4/20, which some consider to be Marijuana Day. The Governor and Department of Health and Human Services reminded Nebraskans that tobacco and marijuana use greatly increase your chance of severe complications of COVID-19 complications   The American Lung Association said recently in a CNN article: “What happens to your airways when you smoke […]

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It is with deep sadness that Four Corners Health Department (FCHD) is announcing the first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related death of a Seward County resident, a woman in her 50’s with underlying health conditions. She was transported to the hospital by rescue squad, and was pronounced dead at the hospital. “We share our condolences with […]

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Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers. This press release captures test results for a moment in time. Due to continuous test processing these numbers are ever changing. Two Rivers Public Health Department recommends social distancing and much as possible, only visiting public places when unavoidable, and using all due caution […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the State’s first step to relax the health measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Starting on May 4th, elective surgeries may resume as long as hospitals and healthcare facilities meet requirements for available bed capacity and have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, the […]

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Staff and members of the NEBRASKAland DAYS Board of Directors continue to communicate and gather as much information as we can in an effort to make the best decisions possible about the upcoming 2020 Festival, currently still scheduled for June 17-27, 2020. “We’ve been in contact with State officials, industry partners, and our national contacts […]

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(Fremont, NE – April 20, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry announced three additional cases of COVID-19 today.  Going forward, the company says they will provide a weekly report to the community and media. “All three employees worked on night shift in the 2nd processing part of our facility, all connected employees have been notified, and all […]

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports three new COVID-19 related deaths in the district as follows: April 17, 2020 A Hamilton County female in her 60’s April 19, 2020 A Hall County female in her 80’s A Hall County male resident in his 60’s CDHD additionally reports a total of 529 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases […]

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  Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) was notified that a male in his 50s from Howard County has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been self-isolating at home since April 14, 2020. Through the investigation, conducted by LBPHD, it was determined the man had been in contact with someone who […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts had a big announcement during his daily COVID-19 media briefing, saying that on May 4th Nebraska will again allow hospitals to perform elective surgeries- with certain provisions. This announcement followed Monday’s opening remarks. Ricketts then announced that Nebraska would be issuing a Health Alert Network Advisory today. The Governor and Dr.  Gary […]

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Black Lincoln, Neb. April 20, 2020 – Black Hills Energy’s number one priority is the continued safety of its customers and employees. As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Dawson County, Black Hills Energy has adjusted its response to focus on immediate community needs and has measures in place to […]

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United Way of Western Nebraska has awarded $10,525 to four non-profit organizations that applied for funding from United Way’s COVID-19 Community Compassion Fund.  Northwest Community Action Partnership was granted funds for their food pantries and diaper banks in Alliance and Chadron Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska will receive a grant for rent and utility […]

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YORK- There are now 15 cases of COVID-19 in the Four Corners Health Department as two more lab-confirmed cases have been identified. The two cases are a pair of males, each in their 40’s, one from Seward County and the other from York County. Both are at home self-isolating and contacts are self-quarantining. Executive Director […]

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The Nebraska National Guard conducted Coronavirus testing in Lexington this past Friday and Saturday. Two Rivers Public Health Department Director Jeremy Eschliman says it was conducted in cooperation with the City of Lexington and Dawson County Emergency Management. Eschliman says the enhanced testing was being conducted to better understand a recent uptick of Coronavirus cases […]

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KEARNEY – There are five 3D printers inside Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer’s research lab at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Typically, the associate chemistry professor and her students are using this equipment to create devices that concentrate DNA for genome sequencing and analysis. The past month, though, has been anything but typical. Instead of working in […]

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On the evening of Thursday, April 16th, Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) was made aware of two confirmed COVID-19 cases—both employees at Tyson in Madison, NE. At this time, there are a total of six confirmed cases stemming from employees of that Tyson plant. An additional 30+ tests are pending at this time […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of an additional person from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19. New cases include: One Furnas County resident – A man in his 20s who is currently self-isolating. Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent […]

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Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers. The district is reporting 111 total cases today.  TRPHD is investigating further into all cases.  Additional laboratory confirmations include ten (10) Dawson County residents; two (2) Buffalo County residents; one (1) Kearney County resident: and one (1) member of Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home: Dawson County 3 […]

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First COVID-19 Case Reported in Furnas County LINCOLN – On Saturday, the Southwest Nebraska Public Health District reported the first COVID-19 case in Furnas County, a male in his 20s.   Central District Health Department announced three new deaths. A male in his 70s died at a hospital in Hall County; a male in his 80s […]

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TRPHD’s COVID-19 Daily Case Update  Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers. The district is reporting 97 total cases today.  TRPHD is investigating further into all cases.  Additional laboratory confirmations include nine (9) Dawson County residents; two (2) Gosper County residents; and one (1) member of Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home: Dawson County […]

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Two more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported by the Four Corners Health Department for Saturday, April 18, 2020: Seward County:  A male in his 40’s tested positive for COVID-19.  He is self-isolating at home and his contacts are quarantining. York County:  A male in his 40’s has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19.  […]

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports two new Covid-19 related deaths in the district. A male in his 70’s died on April 15, 2020 at a hospital in Hall County. A male in his 80’s died on April 18, 2020 in a long-term care facility in Hall county. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in […]

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FREMONT, Neb. – Two more workers have tested positive for coronavirus at a Nebraska plant that processes out chickens for Costco. The Omaha World-Herald reports that brings to three the number of confirmed cases at the Fremont plant. It said it got its first COVID-19 case on Monday. Lincoln Premium Poultry supplies Costco with millions […]

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  Lincoln, Nebraska, April 17, 2020 — In a joint effort, University Operations and University Housing are preparing up to 45 rooms in Harper Hall to be available under a state government contract to provide self-quarantine space for first responders, health care workers and others.   To allow for proper social distancing, no more than […]

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Loans meant for Main Street have run out of money. Waiting until May 4 will not work. LINCOLN, Neb., April 17, 2020—The state director for Nebraska’s leading small-business association today implored Congress to do all it can to re-stock the loan programs meant to extend a lifeline to Main Street enterprises. “Waiting until Congress reconvenes […]

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  Members of the Nebraska National Guard conducted COVID-19 testing in Lexington Friday. It was held at the Glenn Hawks City Service Building in southwest Lexington. National Guard members have been conducting such testing around the state. The Lexington site was being held in conjunction with the Two Rivers Public Health Department. A health official […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska        Nebraska COVID-19 topped 1,000 with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Thursday evening report of 1,066 cases.               As of April 16 at 3 p.m., the case numbers for Nebraska were: 1,066 positive tests —  12,038    negative tests  —   24 deaths   Nebraska numbers include negative results from NPHL and commercial labs. Both state and […]

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     Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers.  We need to rectify the total yesterday.  One individual reported was classified as a suspected case from Phelps County and not a confirmed laboratory positive, bringing our number for April 16th, to 74. The district is reporting 85 total cases today, April […]

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Friday, April 17, 2020, Four Corners Health Department (FCHD) has identified its first lab confirmed case COVID-19 in Butler County. The individual is a male in his 20’s. Another lab confirmed case has been identified in Polk County. The individual is a male in his 50’s. Both of the individuals are self-isolating at home. Four […]

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LINCOLN, Neb.  – Gov. Pete Ricketts says he may take a regional approach to lifting social distancing restrictions in Nebraska, similar to the way he tightened the rules to fight the coronavirus. Ricketts says he’ll follow a phased-in, “one step at a time” approach to avoid another flare-up of the virus. Nebraska’s statewide social distancing […]

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announced Friday that a person from SWNPHD’s health district has tested positive for COVID-19. SWNPHD is working with healthcare providers and DHHS to identify additional people who came into close contact with this person.  These people will be self-quarantined and actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for […]

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Today Gov. Pete Ricketts was joined by state behavioral and mental health leaders as he provided an update on the latest on Nebraska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 425 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 65 greater than yesterday’s report of 360 cases. Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 this weekend 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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Concordia University, Nebraska is the latest higher education institution to remove standardized test score requirements on a prospective student’s application. Concordia’s administration recently approved a policy that makes ACT or SAT scores optional on a prospective student’s application for admission, a trend that has been enacted throughout the United States and Nebraska. In an effort […]

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    Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) is alerting those in attendance at the funeral in Dunning, Nebraska on Monday, April 13, 2020 of a possible exposure to COVID-19. An individual, who lives outside LBPHD’s jurisdiction, attended the funeral and later tested positive for COVID-19.   Through an investigation performed by […]

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At this week’s Board of Regents meeting, NU-system President, Ted Carter, announced a new affordability program called ‘Nebraska Promise.’  He explains what this program is and how it will help Nebraska students and families.   Calling the University of Nebraska’s commitment to accessibility more important than ever during difficult economic times, President Ted Carter today […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         As of April 16 at noon, the current case numbers for Nebraska are: 952 positive tests —  11,3423    negative tests  —   21 deaths Nebraska numbers include negative results from NPHL and commercial labs. Both state and local health departments are testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS cases and cases […]

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Four Corners Health Department is reporting daily any new individuals who are laboratory-confirmed with COVID-19. The District’s count (Butler, Polk, Seward and York Counties) has increased by 2 cases today for a new total of 11 cases.  Today, newly diagnosed persons include one (1) Polk County resident; one (1) York County resident: Polk County 1 […]

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Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers. The district currently has 75 total cases.  TRPHD is investigating further into all cases.  Additional laboratory confirmations include three (3) Dawson County residents; two (2) Buffalo County residents: one (1) Phelps County resident: Dawson County 2 females in their 30s 1 female in her 50s […]

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Sadly, we report a COVID-19 related death, a male in his 60’s in a long-term care facility in Aurora, who died 4/15/20. The death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District to six. Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 360 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  Confirmed […]

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The 16,381 initial unemployment claims last week are a 39 percent drop from the peak of 27,054 the previous week. However, that current number is still 1,962 percent higher than before coronavirus. Put another way, the 16,381 claims reported last week is 15,613 claims above the weekly average for 2020 before coronavirus. From January to […]

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APRIL 16, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Testing of members and teammates at the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home (CNVH) has revealed two more cases of COVID-19. Both of the individuals who tested positive were teammates working in the facility. They are self-isolating at home, and the facility is continuing to follow strict infection control guidelines. A member […]

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    Burwell, NE –Loup Basin Public Health Departments (LBPHD) has identified two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Howard County. The first case is a male in his 50s with underlying health conditions. The second is a female in her 20s. Both cases were in contact with an individual who was known to be positive […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts provided his Thursday update on Nebraska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are individual video segments from this afternoon’s briefing.  

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York County Health Coalition is excited to announce the development of a COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund. These funds are available to York County households who have been affected by COVID-19. Individuals 18 years and older, with or without children can apply for emergency assistance for rent, utilities, food, childcare and more. Applications are available on our website www.yorkcountyhealthcoalition.com. […]

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YORK- There are now 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Four Corners Health Department District. The latest positive test comes from a man in his 20’s from Polk County. In the four counties that the department covers, there are five cases in York County, four in Polk County, one in Seward County, and […]

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YCDC conducted an on-line survey of all York County businesses, of which 89 businesses responded. Out of these, 11 of the businesses were closed. Several respondees showed a decrease in sales (income), with an average operating level of 72% as of April 6, 2020. They also showed great concern for their workers during this time, […]

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OMAHA, Neb. – An upscale outlet mall near Omaha plans to reopen later this month even as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to grow in the state. The owner of the Nebraska Crossing Outlets says their experience will be a case study of best practices for other malls. Retail analyst Jon Reily […]

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Gov. Pete Ricketts last week introduced Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy, and they are stay home, social distance your work, shop alone once a week, help kids follow social distancing, help seniors stay at home by shopping for them, and exercise daily at home. Tina from the West Point Chamber of Commerce says many […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to expand childcare options for working Nebraska families and to provide relief for childcare centers participating in the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program. The order suspends two regulations governing the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program.  First, the Governor’s order allows licensed child care providers within […]

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    Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers. The district currently has 68 total cases.  TRPHD is investigating further into all cases.  Additional laboratory confirmations include one (1) Dawson County resident; one (1) Buffalo County resident:   Dawson County 1 male in his 50s   Buffalo County 1 female in […]

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COVID-19 Case Updates Nebraska         As of April 15 at noon, the current case numbers for Nebraska are: 901 positive tests —  10,828    negative tests  —   20 deaths Nebraska numbers include negative results from NPHL and commercial labs. Both state and local health departments are testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS cases and cases […]

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The first round of Stimulus Checks are going out this week. Diane White from the Sunshine Center in West Point warns of a scam, and says not to fall victim to it. White says Social Security, Medicare, and the IRS will not call people as they have all they need.

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We are deeply saddened to report the COVID-19 related death of a male in his 80’s at a hospital in Hall County. This death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District to five. Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 297 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. […]

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Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Polk County for a county total of 3 positives.  This brings the Four Corners District (Butler, Polk, Seward and York Counties) total to 9.  A woman in her 20’s, who is a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case and has been in self-quarantine, is the latest […]

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  LINCOLN – Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson today alerted creditors, debt collectors, and financial institutions that Nebraska law may exempt CARES Act stimulus checks from attachment, garnishment or execution for certain low-income consumers.   The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27 and provides emergency assistance […]

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Are you a business owner or nonprofit leader in Nebraska? Please fill out this survey and tell us how COVID-19 has impacted your organization. Your response will help the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the University of Nebraska and other partners understand the impact coronavirus has had on revenue and workforce—and find […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts again addressed members of the media Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the latest on Nebraska’s efforts combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Ricketts began today’s briefing with a reminder about Nebraska’s 21 days to get healthy and six rules you can follow to do so. The governor next announced a new program- […]

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Sound financial decisions important during troubled times Lincoln, Neb. — With thousands of Nebraska school children away from school due to the COVID-19 virus, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante  recently rolled out a free, innovative and interactive online resource so students can improve their financial skills. Murante says a wide variety of lessons are available…. […]

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  The Board of Commissioners is aware of the emergency conditions that exists with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As a result, the Dawson County Courthouse building will close to the public beginning at 5 pm April 15, 2020.  The Board will continue to monitor the outbreak and requests the public to take the necessary […]

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A study commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association estimates cattle industry losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will reach $13.6 billion. The study was conducted by a team of industry-leading agricultural economists led by Derrell Peel, Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist at Oklahoma State University. NCBA commissioned the […]

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