Thursday, April 9
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Today, we have stories about what Dundee’s survival during the pandemic could tell us about the future as well as the first coronavirus patient now back with her family, new unemployment claims and two hospital networks who feel equipped to handle any caseload.
Your top local stories
- Uncertainty, Fear, Hope: One Small Business District’s Pandemic Survival
- What we can learn from how Dundee businesses adapted to the spread of coronavirus and what vision for the future is starting to materialize.
Around the State
- Nebraska’s first Covid-19 patient is back home after a monthlong hospital stay.
- Route reductions are leading to packed buses for those who have no other transportation options.
- After testing 282 people at a youth detention facility, health officials confirmed cases among one staff member and three youths.
- Omaha will close city parks until April 30 as too many did not follow social distancing guidelines in recent weeks.
- A metro-area group sewed 10,000 face masks for healthcare workers
- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals will move its pediatric patients to set up a Covid-19 care unit.
- One employee said “blatant neglect” led to an outbreak of Covid-19 of an assisted living center in Blair.
- Jobless claims in Nebraska increased by about 2,000 last week as the national rate decreased, according to new Department of Labor data.
- Ventilators already at Bryan Health in Lincoln and the CHI Health network would be enough to meet the needs of even the most grim Covid-19 forecasts.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts said Wednesday he is at least several weeks from lifting any restrictions for Nebraskans and even then, they won’t all be lifted at once.
- After working in Kearney and Grand Island, the Nebraska National Guard will collect specimens for Covid-19 tests in the Panhandle.
- Ricketts’ executive order allows 911 dispatchers to tell first responders whether they’re going to a Covid-19 patient’s home.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing at 2 p.m.
What to do during quarantine?
From our list of things to do during quarantine
DIY Outdoor Garden Handwashing Station
What’s happening in the United States?
- That increase is about 261,000 less than last week’s but is still higher than many economists expected. The national unemployment rate is expected to hit 15 percent by the end of this month.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans need to “come to the table,” to ensure sweeping rather than expedient relief.
- As people prepare to worship across the nation, Christian leaders figure out how to get the most from a socially responsible Easter service
- Before the pandemic, Visa and Mastercard had planned to raise swipe fees on transactions this year. The changes have been in the works for months and its unclear whether the companies will roll them out.
What’s happening across the world?
- As supply chains strain, poorer countries unable to meet private company prices have turned to UNICEF for help procuring masks and medical equipment.
- “There is a war going on behind the scenes, and we’re most worried about poorer countries losing out.”
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