We don’t want to pull stories to remind readers COVID-19 is serious, especially as we enter our third year of the pandemic.
But that’s the reality.
Editorial from The Reader staff.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy National Bobblehead Day
Today’s news gives a nod to only one New Year’s resolution: Visit the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Douglas County Health Department reports the highest number of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic started, Gov. Pete Ricketts and GOP state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan say they’ll use $412 million of excess revenue to cut taxes, and lengthy prison sentences and mandatory minimums are partly responsible for the state’s prison overcrowding crisis, according to a report from the Crime and Justice Institute.
Harper’s Index Facts of the Day
- Portion of U.S. households that say they have faced serious financial difficulties in recent months: 2/5
- That say they have depleted all of their savings since the pandemic started: 1/5
Sources: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston)
Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup
As announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 29, bonus newsletter, in light of the Omicron variant, Reed Moore will replace the “Thing To Do” section with a COVID-19 spotlight featuring coronavirus-related content. The Reader believes it’s irresponsible to promote events when hospitals are nearing capacity, some community members refuse to get vaccinated and Omaha still doesn’t have a mask mandate. As cases continue, The Reader won’t promote any events — be they concerts, plays, art-gallery openings or stand-up comedy — that don’t require masks, vaccination and social distancing.
- Check out Reader News Editor Chris Bowling’s Twitter thread about the gravity of COVID-19 in the city, state and country.
- The Douglas County Health Department reports the highest number of positive COVID-19 tests since the start of the pandemic.
- To answer COVID-19 questions, the Omaha World-Herald teams with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Here’s how to submit your questions.
- As local schools battle coronavirus outbreaks, six teacher unions ask city councils to establish a mask mandate. Here’s their letter.
- Read about how rural communities are working to solve a dearth of testing availability.
For nationwide COVID-19 case
and vaccination trends, click here.
- Here’s some info on how the city will allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
- Piccolo Pete’s opens in Papillion — but only for takeout until COVID-19 calms down.
- Read about how Omaha attorney Rik Bonness partnered with NFL legend John Madden, who died Dec. 29, to advocate for Type 1 diabetes research.
- Dive into developments in the Nebraska Legislature, which launched its session Jan. 5, with reporter Fred Knapp. Next week, legislative debate begins about whether Nebraska should partake in a call for a convention of states to curb federal government control — which has some experts concerned.
- Lengthy prison sentences and mandatory minimums are partly responsible for the state’s prison overcrowding crisis, according to a report from the Crime and Justice Institute. The release of recommendations for improvements gets pushed back, due to at least one state senator’s objections.
- Here’s the latest on the Mead ethanol plant debacle.
- Nebraska’s Taxes: Gov. Pete Ricketts and GOP state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan say they’ll use $412 million of excess revenue to cut taxes, and state Sen. Brett Lindstrom introduces a bill for retirees to stop paying state income taxes on Social Security.
- This is how four state senators want to use federal coronavirus relief money.
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