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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state health officials have reported four new COVID-19 deaths, all in the hard-hit area of Grand Island. The new cases bring the state’s total deaths from the disease to 45 since the outbreak began. Three of the deaths reported Wednesday were in Hall County, including a woman in her 60s, another in her 70s, and a man in his 60s. The fourth death was a woman in her 90s in Hamilton County. Nebraska’s online coronavirus tracking portal on Thursday morning showed 1,813 confirmed cases in the state. Nearly 17,400 people had been tested for the virus statewide, with more than 15,500 testing negative for the illness.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s first-quarter profit improved 6%, but the railroad expects shipping volume to plummet 25% in the second quarter because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The railroad said Thursday it earned $1.47 billion, or $2.15 per share, in the first quarter. That’s up from $1.39 billion, or $1.93 per share, a year ago. The results topped Wall Street expectations. Union Pacific said the number of carloads of freight it delivered in the first quarter fell 7%, but volume has declined sharply since then as automakers closed their plants and other manufacturers slowed production because of the virus outbreak.

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As of Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Grand Island Public Schools will distribute five day’s worth of food for children on one day a week. Tuesday will be the distribution day. In addition, there will now be five distribution locations: Grand Island Senior High, Walnut and Barr Middle Schools, Shoemaker Elementary, and the Kneale Administration Building. There will be two pickup locations at Grand Island Senior High. The time for distribution remains the same (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).

To ease the flow, please refer to this chart to determine which location you should use based on where you were previously picking up meals:

PREVIOUS DISTRIBUTION SITE ---> NEW DISTRIBUTION SITE

Knickrehm Elementary Senior High ---> (Location 1, west entrance from Custer or Stadium Drive)
Lincoln Elementary Senior High ---> (Location 1, west entrance from Custer or Stadium Drive)
Howard Elementary Senior High ---> (Location 2, north parking lot from Forrest)
Shoemaker Elementary ---> Shoemaker Elementary
Walnut Middle School ---> Walnut Middle School
Dodge Elementary ---> Kneale Administration Building
Seedling Mile Elementary ---> Barr Middle School
Starr Elementary ---> Barr Middle School

Specific site instructions are listedHERE

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City of Grand Island Covid-19 update

Posted by KRGI News on Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Grand Island, NE - The Central District Health Department as of 4:37 pm Wednesday, April 22nd has 635 positive cases in the three county area. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) Tuesday the CDHD reported 14 deaths, with 590 cases. According to the dashboard at cdhd.ne.gov the reported deaths is now 18. The deaths are a Hall County male in his 70's, a Hall County female in her 70's, a Hall County female in her 60's, and a Hamilton county female in her 90's. The total breakdown by county is Hall: 560, Hamilton: 23, and Merrick: 7. The Central District Health Department and City of Grand Island will hold a joint update at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 23rd from Grand Island's City Hall. Listen live on KRGI 1430/105.5. Also watch live on KRGI News Facebook page. 

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Posted by KRGI News on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports three (3) new Covid-19 related deaths in the district bringing total COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District to 14. They are as follows:

April 18, 2020

A Hall County male in his 70’s.

April 20, 2020

A Hall County male in his 90’s.

April 21, 2020

A Hall County female in her 70’s

CDHD additionally reports a total of 590 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  This total reflects an increase of 61 cases over yesterday.  The total breakdown by county is Hall: 560, Hamilton: 23, and Merrick: 7. We expect the numbers to continue to rise in the next 7-10 days.

At the present time, there is wide-spread COVID-19 in our community. Of the total positive cases, 39% are JBS related, meaning that when interviewed they stated they worked at JBS. Since our first cases were known to be community spread (without a close contact and without travel), it is virtually impossible to identify a source of infection by the virus.

Office hours for the week of April 19, 2020 are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645 for questions.

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The Nebraska National Guard held a testing event last week in McCook hosted by Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) that screened 102 people for COVID-19.  All test results from this event were negative.  Individuals from the nine counties in the health district were contacted and given an appointment based on their level of risk. Three levels of risk were prioritized: persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who were not seen by a provider for testing, persons with travel history within the past 14 days to an area of high transmission (aka hotspot), and high risk healthcare workers and first responders. An additional testing in North Platte hosted by West Central District Health Department screened 6 people from the SWNPHD health district.

Mass testing is an important strategy to help identify hidden cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), data has shown that 25% of all cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show any symptoms. Asymptomatic carriers may be spreading the disease without knowing it, which is also why wearing a mask in public is important to protect the people around you.

While no cases of COVID-19 were discovered during this event, three other cases were identified through medical provider testing.  COVID-19 testing is being done daily at area clinics and hospitals. The following 3 positive cases have been identified:

  • Case 1 – a male in his thirties in Red Willow County, by community transmission.
  • Case 2 – a male in his twenties in Furnas County, related to travel outside the health district.
  • Case 3 – a male in his twenties in Furnas County, by direct contact with Case 2.

Community transmission is when someone has COVID-19 and public health officials are unable to identify how or where the individual became infected.

Direct contact is when someone has been around a person with confirmed COVID-19 for longer than ten minutes and within 6 feet or less.  Being at a local grocery store at the same time while shopping with someone who may be infected would not be considered direct contact.

If you have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of being tested. This is also recommended for anyone who is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, sudden onset of cough and/or shortness of breath, fatigue, and sore throat.

This virus is spreading in the community through person to person spread, and now is the time to use extra caution. Please limit your contact with people who live outside of your home.  Maintain social distancing when you are out and about, and make sure to keep 6 feet apart from others. Wear a mask in public. Use hand sanitizer after public contact, and then wash your hands immediately after returning home.

DHHS has a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit swhealth.ne.gov.  You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance); 308-345-4223. 


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state health officials say five more people in the state have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's total deaths to 33 since the new coronavirus outbreak this year. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that three of the deaths reported Monday were in a hard-hit area of south-central Nebraska. They included a woman in her 60s from Hamilton County, and a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, both from Hall County. The other two deaths came from the Omaha area in Douglas County, where a man in his 40s and a man in his 70s — both with underlying health conditions — died of the disease.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County authorities are investigating after three people were found dead in a home north of Omaha. Deputy Sheriff Tom Wheeler said the victims were found dead Monday afternoon in the Ponca Hills neighborhood north of Omaha. He said deputies went to the home after someone reported a drug overdose but the cause of death has not been determined. The victims were three men. No further information was immediately available.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will take a first step toward relaxing its statewide coronavirus restrictions on May 4 by allowing hospitals to resume elective surgeries if they meet certain conditions. Gov. Pete Ricketts says he will lift the state’s ban on elective surgeries for hospitals that have at least 30% of their beds, intensive-care unit space and ventilators available. Hospitals must also have at least two weeks worth of personal protective equipment in stock for employees before can resume surgeries. Ricketts says the order also applies to veterinary and dental services.

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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested three people following three separate pursuits Saturday in Lincoln, North Platte, and near Kearney.

At approximately 12:00 a.m. Saturday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Equinox speeding near 84th and O streets in Lincoln. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. The trooper pursued, but discontinued the pursuit as the vehicle continued driving dangerously. NSP then received a report regarding the same vehicle and located the driver at a residence in east Lincoln.

The driver, Shawn Durham, 48, of Lincoln, was lodged in Lancaster County Jail for willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, driving under suspension, and traffic violations.

At approximately 4:35 p.m. a trooper saw a westbound Honda motorcycle traveling at 117 miles per hour on Interstate 80 near Gibbon at mile marker 285. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the motorcycle rider refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, the motorcycle was observed by radar traveling at 170 miles per hour. The motorcycle exited I-80 at mile marker 275, where the rider lost control and slid down the on-ramp embankment.

The trooper quickly located the rider and pulled him away from the motorcycle, which was leaking fuel. The rider, Jaden Andersen, 20, of Kearney, was transported to Kearney Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Andersen was then lodged in Buffalo County Jail for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no motorcycle operator’s license, and numerous traffic violations.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., a trooper observed a vehicle speeding on I-80 near Maxwell at mile marker 190. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and the trooper initiated a pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued driving recklessly before it eventually exited I-80 at mile marker 179 and began driving through multiple gas station parking lots. The North Platte Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist. The suspect vehicle then struck a North Platte PD cruiser and also struck a sign. A trooper was then able to block the vehicle.

The driver, Irma Divas Donis, 20, of Lincoln, was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, assault on an officer, driving under the influence of drugs, refusing a chemical test, and numerous traffic violations. She was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

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(Grand Island, NE) - A candidate aiming for a seat on the Hall County Commissioners has been cited for Misdemeanor theft. At about 10:00 am Monday the Grand Island Police Department took a complaint of a theft of a campaign sign from 1911 North Rd. The campaign sign belonged to Karen Bredthauer. After interviewing the victim, suspect, and witness in this case, a citation was given to her republican opponent in May’s upcoming Primary election Todd Morgan. Morgan admitted to removing the signs. 

 

 

Bredthauer, the incumbent in the district 2 County Commissioners race says the entire incident calls into question the morals of her opponent.

 

 

As of now, charges have not yet been filled by the Hall County Attorney’s office.

This is a developing story and KRGI news will continue to follow the story and provide updates as they become available.

 


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Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports three new Covid-19 related deaths in the district as follows:

April 17, 2020

A Hamilton County female in her 60’s

 
April 19, 2020

A Hall County female in her 80’s

A Hall County male resident in his 60’s


CDHD additionally reports a total of 529 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  This total reflects an increase of 28 cases from Saturday’s total of 501.  The total breakdown by county is Hall: 505; Hamilton: 18; and Merrick: 6. We expect the numbers to continue to rise in the next 10 days.


CDHD advises continued social distancing, staying at home, and if it necessary to leave the house, wearing a well-fitting mask at all times.

Office hours for the week of April 19, 2020 are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Call CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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APRIL 20, 2020 (TEKAMAH, NEB.)  — The Tekamah Police Department is pleased to report that the two subjects of an AMBER Alert, issued Monday morning, were located in Kansas, are safe, and are in the process of reuniting with their parents.

The AMBER Alert was issued by the Nebraska State Patrol at the request of the Tekamah Police Department in the 8:00 a.m. hour this morning. Tekamah PD believed the two boys, Marco and Isaac De La Garza, had been abducted by their step-grandfather Tanner Leichleiter, from their home in Tekamah.

The investigation developed information that the vehicle they were traveling in, a white 2009 Ford Expedition, may be in Kansas. That information was shared with law enforcement personnel throughout Kansas and the AMBER Alert was extended into Kansas by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., deputies with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle and were able to take Tanner Leichleiter into custody and safely recover Marco and Isaac De La Garza. The two boys will be reunited with their parents. Leichleiter is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail.

The investigation conducted by the Tekamah Police Department is ongoing.



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North Platte, Ne - Staff and members of the NEBRASKAland DAYS Board of Directors continue to communicate and gather as much information as we can in an effort to make the best decisions possible about the upcoming 2020 Festival, currently still scheduled for June 17-27, 2020. “We’ve been in contact with State officials, industry partners, and our national contacts throughout the course of the last month,” says Executive Director David Fudge. “At the moment we’re working through a number of scenarios.” 


NEBRASKAland DAYS is complying with the Governor’s Directed Health Measures to keep our team safe. While the office remains open, the lobby has been closed to the public. “The sooner we get this behind us the sooner we can get people back to work,” says Fudge. “Right now our prayers are with the frontline medical staff who are working hard to keep people healthy.” 


As the situation evolves, information will be released to the public through local media, our social media channels, and our new app, which will be released in the coming week. “When we have a direction, we’ll let everyone know as quickly as possible. We’ll communicate with all of our stakeholders, including those who have tickets purchased. We will not leave you hanging.”


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The Alert was activated by Tekamah Police Department on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:10:40 AM to determine the whereabouts of Marco De La Garza, last seen in Tekamah, Nebraska.

The Alert has been cancelled due to Recovered safely in Kansas.


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Covid-19 update from City Hall - Starts at 11am City of Grand Island

Posted by KRGI News on Monday, April 20, 2020

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of an additional person from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19. 

New cases include:

                One Furnas County resident - A man in his 20s who is currently self-isolating.

Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.

COVID-19 is active in the communities of southwest Nebraska and not related to any specific location. SWNPHD recommends everyone practice the same protective measures when they go to any location outside their own home.

 

Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised.  Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, or organ transplantation.
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

 

For general information on COVID-19 call the DHHS hotline at 402-552-6645, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov.  You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St.entrance).   


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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man convicted of killing a store clerk who arranged a Tinder date with him has had a hearing to determine whether he’ll be sentenced to death or life in prison postponed for nearly six months. The new hearing date for 53-year-old Aubrey Trail is now scheduled to begin Dec. 15. It had been set to begin June 23. Trail was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains in the November 2017 death and dismemberment of 24-year-old Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe. She arranged a date with Boswell and disappeared. 

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