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Recent News Regarding COVID-19

Recent News Regarding COVID-19

  1. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Nebraska Supreme Court emphasized its commitment to keeping the courts in the State of Nebraska open and stated that “[o]ur state courts provide essential services for our communities.”.
  2. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa reduced courthouse hours to 9am to 4pm;
  3. A new study published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents has found early evidence that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, a popular anti-malaria drug known under the trade name Plaqenuil, and antibiotic azithromycin (such as a Z pack) could be effective in treating the COVID-19 coronavirus and reducing the duration of the virus in patients.
  4. Three more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Douglas County, Omaha, Nebraska. Two of the individuals recently returned from the southeast US. They are two men in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. None of them are hospitalized. Douglas County, Omaha, has 26 confirmed cases of the disease;
  5. Omaha Police announce that until further notice, officers will not be responding to noninjury crashes where drivers can relocate their vehicles. Drivers are advised to exchange information;
  6. President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak;
  1. Nebraska Public Power District warns of scam calls, reminding customers that the utility doesn't make phone calls about past due electricity bills;
  1. Nebraska Bishops announce the will lead a statewide rosary live on Catholic Spirit radio (102.7FM in Omaha) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25;
  1. U.S. tax deadline extended to July 15;
  1. Walmart plans to hire 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May;
  1. Nebraska Governor Ricketts limits gatherings to 10 people in Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties.;
  1. Officials in Omaha announced that bars were now closed and restaurants were on carry-out and delivery only.
  1. Douglas County has suspended all jury trials until May 1. Those with notices to report for jury duty in March and April are excused;
  1. United States District Court (federal court) for the District of Nebraska has continued all hearings scheduled through May 1, 2020;
  1. Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Temporarily Ease Driver and Vehicle Requirements.;
  1. Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Provide Relief to Restaurants and Bars during COVID-19 Emergency.;
  1. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued an additional Public Health Declaration, suspending the collection of property taxes, penalties and interest.
  2. Lancaster County (Lincoln), suspends all jail visits.

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