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State Testing and Cases Spike: Weekly COVID-19 Roundup, Aug. 31.

Editors note: This is a weekly series from The Reader breaking down COVID-19 data from the state. In it, reporter Chris Bowling will look at the latest in COVID-19 numbers and news. See daily COVID-19 updates here Things were looking good. Douglas County finally had a mask mandate. Lancaster County had moved into risk-level “yellow.” Daily […]

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Nebraska’s Reopening Push Forward Déjà Vu: The Reader COVID-19 Roundup, Sept. 14, 2020

Starting today, nearly every county in the state is no longer required to follow state-issued directed health measures.  Under Phase 4, measures have been lifted that previously applied bars, restaurants, childcare facilities, churches, gyms, salons, barbers, tattoo parlors, weddings and more are lifted. Original guidance is still recommended, however. The only hard-and-fast limitation is that […]

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Not Even Death Escapes COVID’s Disruption

The harsh reality of pandemic-restricted gatherings has cut attendance by about half from pre-COVID 19 services at Jon Reichmuth’s Funeral Homes in Elkhorn, Yutan and Bennington.   This is by far the biggest instant change they’ve ever had to deal with, said Reichmuth, a 44-year tenured funeral director. “One day it was here and we had to figure out how to […]

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“We’re Not Even Close”: Protections for Plant Workers Continue to Lag as Workers Fear Increased Infections

By Chris Bowling The cars lined up outside the church under wispy clouds and cool Spring weather, idling over the faded cement parking lot. Jose Gayatan turned off the ignition to his Ford F-350 van, pulled the mask over his face and walked toward Iglesia Evangélica Bethania Pentecostés. The 42-year-old construction worker has spent half […]