(WOWT) — Get a quick look at today’s local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.
8:30 p.m. — Three Rivers Public Health has confirmed 6 new
6:43 p.m. — Three people have been charged with the murder of a Family Dollar security guard in Flint, Mich., who was enforcing the store’s policy requiring face masks.
6 p.m. — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported another death and an increase of 173 cases for a total of 79 deaths and 6,083 COVID-19 cases in the state.
5:30 p.m. — The Douglas County Health Department confirmed 98 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. According to the health department, that brings the total in the county to 963.
5:29 p.m. — With the lifting of DHM restrictions in some parts of Nebraska, some Omaha-metro salons chose to reopen with certain modifications and restrictions; others chose to remain closed. The same sort of pattern emerged with restaurants in the area.
4:31 p.m. — Lincoln Premium Poultry shared a statement one of their employees has died from COVID-19 and underlying health conditions.
4:05 p.m. — An employee at a Papillion Kwik Shop has tested positive for COVID-19 and the store is now closed to be sanitized, according to a statement from the company.
3:51 p.m. — The NFL is moving its five games scheduled for London and Mexico City this season back to U.S. stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. All five regular-season games will be played at the stadiums of the host teams.
3:33 p.m. — An internal document obtained by the New York Times shows the Trump administration model projects the number of daily deaths reaching about 3,000 by June 1. The report states the increase is nearly double the current number of daily COVID-19 deaths.
3:30 p.m. — Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced a total of 79 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln today, bringing the community’s total to 394.
3:15 p.m. — Mills County Public Health has been notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases. Both cases are between 18-40 years old and contracted the virus through community spread.
2:40 p.m. — Pottawattamie County Public Health has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19. All are residents of Council Bluffs.
2:35 p.m. — The Treasury Department said it will need to borrow a record $2.99 trillion during the current April-June quarter to cover the cost of the government’s various pandemic rescue efforts.
1:15 p.m. — U.S. regulators pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the tests and their accuracy. Companies will now have to show their tests work or risk having them pulled from the market.
1 p.m. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts began his news conference on COVID-19 with details on Test Nebraska sites underway in Grand Island and Omaha. He also said he plans to go out to eat in a re-opened restaurant this week; and encouraged people to take photos and report a lack of social distancing to local authorities if it can’t be resolved with a polite conversation.
12:52 p.m. — Carnival Cruise Line announced it will start cruising again, from Florida and Texas, beginning in August.
12:35 p.m. — Through morning trading, the S&P 500 has surged nearly 26% since hitting a low on March 23, which was the same week that the government reported a record number of U.S. workers filed for unemployment benefits, nearly 6.9 million.
11:39 a.m. — The Senate will gavel in as the coronavirus rages while the top House Republican is proposing a “hybrid” reopening for the still-shuttered House as a divided Congress struggles to fully resume during the pandemic.
11:39 a.m. — The National Rifle Association has laid off dozens of employees, canceled its national convention and scuttled fundraising, membership and shooting events that normally would be key to rallying its base in an election year. In a memo to staff, 20% salary cuts were announced across the board while some senior staffers “voluntarily” reduced their wages even more. The staffing reductions and other changes were intended to be temporary.
11:29 a.m. — Parents across the nation are growing increasingly anxious with schools closed for months, as education experts begin to warn of a possible “COVID slide” for students heading into summer break.
11:15 a.m. — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced during her daily news conference that a new Test Iowa site had been set up in Sioux City.
11 a.m. — Announcing four new deaths and 534 new COVID-19 cases in her daily news conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the case backlog from the weekend would be cleared today, and that moving forward, Test Iowa cases should take no more than 72 hours to obtain results.
10:51 a.m. — Police in one Michigan community are searching for a man who they said wiped his nose on a retail employee’s shirt after he was told to wear a mask.
10:34 a.m. — The CEO of Macy’s said they’re reopening 68 stores on a limited basis, starting with stores in states that are easing social distancing restrictions – like Georgia, South Carolina and Texas.
10:07 a.m. — For the first time since mid-March, New Zealand reported no new cases of the coronavirus.
10:04 a.m. — CHI Health for Nebraska and Council Bluffs reported in their regional network of 14 hospitals, they have 121 ICU beds being used out of 320 and 35 of 390 ventilators are in use. There are 36 admitted COVID-19 positive patients in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area hospitals, while 68 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals outside the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.
8:45 a.m. —The City of La Vista, Nebraska announced public access will continue to be restricted at certain city facilities and the La Vista Swimming Pool’s opening has been delayed until further notice. Youth and adult sports are restricted as per Nebraska’s directed health measures and public gathering restrictions of 10 people or fewer will still be in effect. Playgrounds and park shelters will remain closed until at least May 31.
5:21 a.m. — Two firsts for the U.S. Supreme Court this morning: the first time audio of the court’s arguments was heard live by the world and the first arguments by telephone. The changes are a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made holding courtroom sessions unsafe, especially with six justices aged 65 or older and at risk of getting seriously sick from the virus.
4:35 a.m. — In Italy, millions of people allowed to return to work as Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdown started to ease, while the U.S. took halting steps to lift some restrictions even as tens of thousands of new cases were reported every day.
3:28 a.m. — Portions of Nebraska will ease some restrictions on social gatherings and business operations starting Monday, May 4th. Here’s what can be expected.
3:36 a.m. — Jud Byler, 64, returned home Friday to brightly colored decorations surrounding his Hendersonville, Tennessee, driveway. Byler was one of the first people in the county diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March. He was considered high risk because of his age and because he has asthma.
11 a.m. — Iowa governor’s update [a href=”https://www.wowt.com/content/news/Iowa-COVID-19-response-update-for-Monday-May-04-2020-570173561.html”>WATCH]
1 p.m — Nebraska governor’s COVID-19 update [WATCH]
3:30 p.m. — Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 update [WATCH]