Wednesday, April 1
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- New data from the Nebraska Department of Labor shows an additional 8,872 applied for unemployment benefits, bringing the total to 24,572.
- Douglas County ranked in the top 20 of counties that still moved normally with residents traveling an average of 2.1 miles a day.
- As April arrives, many tenants worry about rent coming due. Nebraska has only voluntarily asked landlords to suspend evictions.
- Traffic is down and life has definitely slowed in Omaha, but according to a social distancing scorecard that rates Omaha at a “C-” we could do more.
- Area businesses are continuing to adapt to growing needs. An area ethanol plant has started producing hand sanitizer. A Millard sportswear store is also producing face masks.
- The Omaha Police Department said people found violating public health directives could receive citations.
- Creighton has started preparing its dorms for those who need to quarantine or self isolate.
- Staff still working at the Henry Doorly Zoo are taking extra care when working with primates as they’re the only animal believed to be susceptible to coronavirus.
- Gov. Ricketts directed schools on Wednesday not to return to their buildings through May 31. This also effectively ends Spring sports for high schools.
- A woman from Norfolk in her 70s became the state’s fifth person to die from Covid-19.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing at 2 p.m.
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What’s happening in the United States?
Thousands of ventilators provided by the U.S. government or inoperable
- Though the United States has a stockpile of about 10,000 of the lifesaving machines, an additional 2,109 are unavailable due to a contract lapse for those who maintain them.
- More people have applied in the past six weeks than in six months during the Great Recession.
What’s happening across the world?
- Spain had its highest death toll on Tuesday as the world nears a grim figure and the United States enter what’s likely to be its peak month.
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