Just like most places in America, COVID-19 has become a political issue in Nebraska that Senator Tony Vargas, and many other politicians, can do little about. Since Gov. Ricketts declared a state of emergency, Vargas said he and other senators have tried to lobby the governor for stronger health measures, but to little effect. The strategy now is grassroots advocacy: retweeting doctors sharing harrowing stories inside COVID ICUs, trying to build coalitions with business owners and changing public health from the bottom up.
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- The first citations for violations of Omaha’s mask mandate were issued to employees of two businesses.
- Omaha native Symone Sanders will serve as chief spokesperson for VP-elect Kamala Harris.
- After years of discussion and preparation, the City of Omaha’s new waste collection program will begin today.
- The Fremont Board of Health passed a measure on Friday requiring people five years and older to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose while indoors.
- The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Nebraska has remained relatively stable over the past two weeks.
- Precious McKesson will be the first woman and the first woman of color in Nebraska to cast an electoral college ballot for a Democrat.
What to do during quarantine?
From our list of things to do during quarantine:
For things to do this winter, check out Omaha Tourism’s website for upcoming events. There you can find movies under the moonlight, art installations and much more.
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