As COVID-19 vaccines become available, while cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus continue, health officials are trying a new approach to educate people on the pandemic. The statewide “Do Right, Right Now” campaign evolved out of a Douglas County initiative to bring health care providers, media and community leaders together on a single call to action. Though the recommendations are the same — wash your hands, socially distance, avoid large gatherings — Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said this strategy is about building cohesion and trust.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Today we have stories about the Douglas County Health Department receiving the Drum Major Award, Omaha FBI agents arresting a Des Moines man spotted at the D.C. riots and state Sen. Megan Hunt’s allegations that Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson helped incite the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
- The Douglas County Health Department will receive the Drum Major Award for declaring racism a public health crisis.
- The Douglas County Health Department reported 494 coronavirus cases on Saturday.
- Agents from the FBI’s Omaha office arrested a Des Moines man who was seen during the riots at the U.S. Capitol.
- State Sen. Megan Hunt is seeking answers on what role Nebraska’s attorney general might have played in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.
- Nebraska’s bid to attract the U.S. Space Command’s headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base includes $107 million of public and private money.
What To Do During Quarantine?
A Wintery Hike
If you’re willing to brave the weather, or if there’s an unexpected warm day, take a hike through one of the many parks and trails in the Omaha area. Did you know that UNO’s Outdoor Venture Center rents equipment such as cross-country skis and snowshoes? (Be sure to check whether they are open during the pandemic.) Meet like-minded hikers by joining a Facebook group such as Trail Seekers Omaha so you are in the know about the best spots to hike. From the bluffs to the woods to a riverside jaunt, take time to appreciate the beauty of a winter landscape. Bonus: no bugs.