10/22/20 • Day 39 of Phase IV • Nationwide case trends

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Since 2016, Vargas has represented District 7 which encompasses downtown South Omaha. He is campaigning for re-election for the minority-majority district against Jorge Sotolongo, a political novice. For the full interview, listen to Mind and Soul in the Morning 101.3 FM here.

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Today we have stories about a ceremony remembering the life of 1891 lynching victim George Smith, positive COVID-19 cases in Boys Town and Nebraska’s low unemployment rate.

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In Omaha
  • Omahans working for racial justice and reconciliation will hold a ceremony Friday in remembrance of lynching victim George Smith outside the Douglas County Courthouse.
  • Boys Town announced that several kids in the residential treatment facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Douglas County’s health director says Omaha is going down the wrong path with the approaching winter and the number of COVID-19 patients in metro area hospitals.

Around the State

  • The Community Correction Center-Lincoln is under quarantine after four inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Lincoln Public Schools will not automatically transition to remote learning if the local coronavirus risk dial reaches the red category.
  • Nebraska regained its status last month as the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate.

What to do during quarantine?

From our list of things to do during quarantine:

Visit Mormon Trail Center and Pioneer Cemetery
The Mormon Pioneer Cemetery located at 3301 State Street is the burial site of hundreds of Mormon pioneers who lived in Winter Quarters, a temporary settlement that lasted from 1846 to 1848 as the settlers moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. It was designated a landmark by the City of Omaha in 1990. The cemetery grounds are open to the public. The Mormon Trail Center is currently closed due to restrictions from COVID-19, but If you are interested in taking a virtual tour, click here: www.calendly.com/trailcenterschedule

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