On June 11 the Omaha Chamber of Commerce released “We Will,” a promise from more than 150 business leaders to stand against racism and promote substantive change through a series of actions.
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- The Douglas County Board of Health announced its unanimous support for a mask mandate that will likely take effect on Aug. 3.
- Douglas County Corrections Director Michael Myers said he’s proud of the way his staff handled an influx of arrested protesters, despite stories of mistreatment and unsanitary conditions at the jail. Jail staff say they’re looking at ways to improve.
- At one jail housing unit, 36 of 41 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the Douglas County Department of Corrections announced Monday.
- A UNMC report says for schools to reopen, their communities should have less than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per 1 million people per day. If that standard was followed locally, no one would be going back to school.
- Ralston students are speaking up to push for remote learning.
- Omaha Public Schools canceled all school-sponsored workouts and an August in-person graduation.
- Without live music to host, local venues are in danger of shutting down and have asked for the community’s help.
- The Papillion-La Vista school district announced students will have the option for a fully remote learning experience this upcoming school year.
- A testing mix-up has led to some people getting positive results without ever getting swabbed for COVID-19. The Douglas County Department of Health is asking for the public’s help in righting this error.
Around the State
- A state senator says he has the votes to stop tax cuts that would provide relief to businesses affected by COVID-19. Those funds could be put to better use for property tax relief, he said.
- A majority of state senators refused to hear an amendment that would have provided a moratorium on evictions.
- State sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, had to isolate in the legislative chamber’s balcony after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
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