Friday, May 15
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- Thirty one percent of Potawattamie County’s COVID-19 cases, 40 out of its 131 total, came Wednesday and Thursday, its biggest single-day increase so far.
- The Life Care Center in Elkhorn has reported 68 COVID-19 cases with one resident saying they’re scared it will spread through the whole building.
- Friends, family and hospital staff cheered on 73-year-old Ruby Jones as she walked out of the ICU after recovering from her fight with the coronavirus.
- A sixth Omaha police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus.
- A pop-up testing site in South Omaha got help from the county health department and community health center as hundreds come out to get tested.
- Holocaust survivor, 58-year Nebraska Furniture Mart salesman and now a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Good Samaritan Society in Millard reported an outbreak of 15 COVID-19 cases and three deaths.
- Federal jury trials in Nebraska will not continue until at least July 3, the state’s chief U.S. district judge announced.
- UNO is offering scholarships to health care workers and their dependents at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine for the upcoming school year.
- Ralston seniors got a socially distanced send-off as the community cheered them on in an amateur parade.
- While bars that serve food were allowed to open weeks ago, those that sell strictly alcohol will stay closed through May. Some owners feel singled out.
- Fourth of July festivities are cancelled in Ralston as officials shelve the fireworks and parade amid coronavirus concerns.
Around the State
- Officials say COVID-19 cases and deaths are finally dropping in Grand Island, a glimmer of hope for the ravaged community.
- Classes will likely be held in-person this fall at University of Nebraska campuses, but changes will have to be made to accommodate social distancing.
- Nebraska may have passed its COVID-19 peak, one UNMC expert says. But Gov. Pete Ricketts continues to urge caution.
- In Lincoln, those still trying to get masks, hand sanitizer and other essentials can visit a new online clearinghouse set up by the city.
- The ACLU is seeking state-aggregated COVID-19 data on race and ethnicity. Some county and regional health departments release that data, but it’s not published on a statewide basis.
- Today in Lincoln, different community organizations will offer translation and cultural outreach at a testing site set up to reach underserved communities.
- As contact tracing becomes a more buzzed-about tool in the fight against COVID-19, officials described how Nebraska is ramping up that process.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing today
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What’s Happening In The United States?
- With surgeries and in-person visits on hold, hospitals are facing huge budgetary shortfalls that may leave some communities with less health care access.
- After an initial draft of reopening guidelines was deemed “too prescriptive” by the White House, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a guide that includes many general tips, such as not violating local laws, to help institutions make reopening decisions.
- As millions continue working while even more prep to return to work as states begin to reopen, a Washington Post poll of 8,000 people found about 60% worry they’ll get their families sick.
- If cases increase after businesses reopen, culpability for those new infections will prompt questions many civil courts will likely have to consider.
What’s Happening Across The World?
- The British public boosted 100-year-old World War II veteran Tom Moore, nicknamed Captain Tom, into superstardom for his effort to raise money for the country’s health care system. The country watched as Moore did laps around an 82-foot brick patio in his quiet village home north of London, raising millions with every extension of his walker.
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