Monday, April 13
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Today we have stories about a UNMC doctor who privately compared coronavirus to historic tragedies long before it arrived in Nebraska as well as disagreements on whether the U.S. will be ready to reopen by May 1.
Your top local stories
- In an email chain obtained by The New York Times, doctors around the country expressed concern over coronavirus. In one email Dr. James Lawler from UNMC wrote:
“Great Understatements in History:Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow — ‘just a little stroll gone bad’Pompeii — ‘a bit of a dust storm’Hiroshima — ‘summer heat wave’ANDWuhan — ‘just a bad flu season’ ”
- Crime in Omaha is holding steady even during calls to stay at home.
- Though it’s only had one confirmed case, Offut Air Force Base has 80% of its employees working remotely and is instituting measures to keep people safe.
- Sunday’s chilly weather is expected to linger for the next few days.
- Retailers in Crossroads mall were told to leave, signaling a long-expected redevelopment project may be on the horizon for the nearly abandoned retail hub.
- Anxieties over rent is affecting retail tenants as well as landlords as the virus continues to freeze activity and spending.
- Nebraska schools and universities are divvying up $128 million in federal aid to soften the blow of coronavirus-caused closures and disruptions. Omaha Public Schools will receive $24.1 million.
- A central Nebraska senior living facility in Custer County has become a new hot spot for coronavirus spread .
- Coronavirus is spreading in meatpacking plants where workers can’t socially distance or choose not to come in. Union presidents say their members are scared.
- Two Lincoln nurses flew to New York to bring supplies and help healthcare workers in the epicenter of the virus.
- The Department of Health and Human Services will start a pilot program where it will make quarantine hotel rooms available for first responders who’ve come into contact with coronavirus.
- 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
What’s happening in the United States?
- President Trump has expressed interest in lifting restrictions by next month but governor’s and health experts alike have said it’s too early to tell. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country should have a rolling re-entry strategy.
- While most in the country understand the importance of social distancing, many low-income people cannot choose to practice it in their homes or jobs.
- The CARES Act does not require the government to disclose where it’s sending $349 billion of small business relief.
- Experts have concluded that months out of school for millions of American kids will cause severe impediments to their learning. Among solutions are reducing curriculums, expanding school years and lofting the idea of holding more students back a year.
What’s happening across the world?
- In January, Dr. Li Wenliang tried to warn people about a deadly virus ripping through his Wuhan hospital. The Chinese government silenced him. One month later he was dead and coronavirus was on its way toward becoming a global pandemic.
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