Tuesday, April 28
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- An Alzheimer’s facility in Omaha has seen an outbreak in coronavirus cases.
- Economic strife caused by the coronavirus pandemic may explain a rise in shootings and gang activity, the Omaha Police Department said.
- After walking back a soft opening last week, Nebraska Crossing is slated to partially open this Friday.
- The annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting will go on this Saturday. However, those seeking Warren Buffett’s wisdom will have to crowd around laptops instead of packing into a large arena.
- Three candidates are running for the metro-area seat on the Nebraska University Board of Regents.
Around the State
- Nebraska saw its largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases as the state reported yesterday that 330 new people have the virus.
- Dakota County has surpassed Douglas County in total cases, despite having a population 30 times smaller. It’s across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, another meatpacking town leading the country in coronavirus infections.
- Food processors warn of massive food shortages and waste if they close plants where the coronavirus has spread quickly and severely. A Smithfield pork plant in Crete announced it would close Wednesday.
- Plant closures have Nebraska farmers worried they will have to euthanize their animals.
- The state is forming a new task force to guide businesses as they reopen, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced yesterday. The reopening process will start May 4 as the state relaxes some restrictions while maintaining others.
- Yesterday Ricketts announced Grand Island and Omaha would be the first testing sites for people who took health assessments on TestNebraska.
- Nursing homes have been hit hard by the coronavirus. How severely is unknown as Nebraska’s DHHS, unlike other states, does not release those facilities’ names.
- Gov. Ricketts to hold daily press briefing at 2 p.m.
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What’s happening in the United States?
- As nurses and doctors fight on the front lines, their children are writing goodbye letters and making detailed plans for what to do if they never see mom and dad again.
- On Monday, President Donald Trump proposed expanded testing capacities after weeks of pressure from health and government officials. One official said under this proposal, states could test at least 2% of their populations a month, roughly three million Americans a day. Health officials at Harvard University have called for five million tests a day by June and 20 million by late July.
- Parents are struggling to keep their kids focused and learning as schools remain closed due to the pandemic.
- Some worry the Republican Party is letting Democrats lead the mail-in voting charge, spending millions in advertising to draw remote voters as the coronavirus limits social activity.
What’s happening across the world?
- On Monday, Trump said China could have done more to stop the spread of the coronavirus and suggested the U.S. would seek damages. On Tuesday a Chinese official accused American politicians of “lying through their teeth.”
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