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12/15/20 • Day 93 of Phase IV • Nationwide case trends

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The health threat posed by COVID-19 has crippled industries and cost people livelihoods. Its impact can even be felt in our once-immutable send-offs for the dead. When an impacted family loses a loved one, the pricey trappings of embalming, a casket, a procession and a headstone are prohibitive compared to cremation, which is replacing traditional services and interment. 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.

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Today we have stories about the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, Precious McKesson becoming the first African American in Nebraska to cast an electoral ballot and Nebraska’s declining hospitalization rate.

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In Omaha
  • CHI Health vaccinated the first five front-line health care workers within its 14-hospital system Monday afternoon.
  • Stephen Prior of Omaha was sentenced today to 165-220 years in prison for his involvement in a string of sexual assaults and other charges.
  • An Omaha woman says she received the wrong coronavirus test results for her daughter; now she’s warning others to pay attention.
Around the State
  • Precious McKesson was greeted with cheers as she became the first African American in Nebraska to cast an electoral ballot.
  • In the last three weeks, COVID-19 cases are down 37% and hospitalizations are down 30% in Nebraska.

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