Omaha police officer and firefighter test positive for coronavirus

Omaha police officer and firefighter test positive for coronavirus

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. 


An Omaha police officer and Omaha firefighter have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Omaha city officials.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday that the officer, who had recently traveled to Hawaii, said on his Facebook page that he will be treated at Nebraska Medical Center.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, who confirmed the case Thursday evening, has ordered any officer who recently traveled to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Schmaderer said the officer has not worked a police shift and has been in self-isolation since returning from Hawaii.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that one Omaha firefighter also has tested positive for the coronavirus. ​The man has been on furlough and recently traveled to Colorado, she said.

“He wasn’t in any station; he hasn’t exposed any firefighter at all,” Stothert said. “No one that he works with in his station has to be considered exposed.”

The Douglas County Health Department said Thursday that it had four new coronavirus cases, bringing the county’s total to 44.

The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department also confirmed two additional cases in Sarpy County on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to eight.

Two cases were also reported Thursday to the South Heartland District Health Department, which serves Adams, Clay, Nuckoll and Webster counties. One is a man in his 40s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Adams County. One is a man in his 50s who is a Colorado resident who spent time in Adams County. He is also hospitalized and in isolation in Adams County, but will be counted in his home state.

Two Rivers Health Department reported three more cases Thursday evening. A Kearney County man in his 20s was diagnosed and is currently self-isolating, while two Buffalo County residents — a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s — are currently hospitalized.

Also on Thursday, the Central District Health Department, which serves Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties, reported its first two coronavirus cases. As of Thursday evening, there were 81 cases in Nebraska.

The order takes effect at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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The Nebraska Legislature has passed and Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed an $83.6 million COVID-19 emergency funding bill for necessities connect…

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“We are seeing up to 75 to 100 a day, which is an increase from what we typically see of 10 to 15 a day,” Chief Deputy Todd Duncan said Wednesday.

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Residents watched and listened from their apartments and the balconies overlooking the center’s courtyard.

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“We would all like to get back to normal as quickly as possible,” the governor said, “but protective health measures” must come ahead of that goal.

Commissioner Matt Blomstedt said his message comes in the form of a recommendation only because he doesn’t have the authority to require it.

CHI Health on Friday will start processing COVID-19 tests in its own lab, a move that should greatly speed up the delivery of results.

All Nebraska registered voters will be mailed an application form that will allow them to vote in the May 12 primary election by mail or throu…

“Our first daughter was born during the Ebola scare,” dad said. “And our second was born during the Zika scare.” Then he paused. “But the first two don’t compare to what we’re facing now.”

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Only a few dozen students of the 760 who lived in university housing this year remain on Nebraska Wesleyan’s campus after it closed due to coronavirus.

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Journal Star photographers captured life in the city this week with many people staying isolated because of coronavirus.

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From Christmas lights in Minden to a COVID-19 test relay by the State Patrol, many people have stepped up to spread cheer and kindness in Linc…

Lincoln funeral homes are staggering visitations and live-streaming services in the time of coronavirus.

Hospital CEO says he is expecting few if any positive tests, largely based on the fact that Bryan has yet to have a patient test positive for COVID-19.

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One man reported the domestic violence class he had to attend, and another person reported too many people and pets inside PetSmart.

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With canceled flights and exorbitant costs for chartered planes, groups are finding their journey home extended by days. 

The employee worked in the headquarters from March 11 to March 16, when he or she began displaying symptoms and went home.

The floor will have up to 40 beds to house patients with the coronavirus who are sick enough to be in the hospital but who don’t need to be in intensive care.

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The Meeting Place, which had hosted nearly 60 12-step recovery meetings every week, closed due to coronavirus precautions. But a Lincoln church opened its doors to more meetings.

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Lincoln’s first attempt at a drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic seemed to go smoother than many others around the country.

President Trump: “You look at a state — great governor — Pete Ricketts, Nebraska. You look at the kind of numbers they have out there. They have one of the great — one of the great hospitals there, too.”

Eight inmates fled the minimum-security unit of the women’s prison in Pierre on Monday night after a fellow detainee tested positive for the c…

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Topping the list is more than 5,800 sets of gloves, with 2,500 of those coming from Iron Brush Tattoo, which decided earlier this month to shut down and donate all of its supplies to health care workers.

First-Plymouth in Lincoln’s Near South Neighborhood is hosting “Carillon in the Car” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Take a look at the 1918 flu pandemic response in Lincoln and Nebraska. Millions were infected globally. 

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Joe Nigro said he’d like to see the jail population reduced from nearly 600 to 100 or 200 people.

The governor said there are no plans to move beyond the 10-person limit for public gatherings, noting that is “the most restrictive measure we are anticipating.”

The mall announced in a news release that it would suspend its hours, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, with plans to reopen April 6.

The airport soon will be losing its daily service on Delta Airlines to Atlanta and at least one daily United Airlines flight to Chicago until May.

Make-A-Wish is encouraging the public to make social media posts of written or recorded messages of inspiration and support to children who have had their Make-A-Wish trips postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bonuses and extra pay are another way retailers are keeping employees.

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Fears of the coronavirus have reached business owners in Nebraska’s smallest towns — but not all of them are following the guidelines.

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With a week left before students will reconvene — at least digitally — to finish the semester, instructors elsewhere across UNL are working out the kinks of how they will work through the remainder of their syllabus.

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During the time of coronavirus so many things postponed, including weddings.

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Six regional behavioral health administrators told providers this week that the impact of the coronavirus for people with mental illness and substance use disorders could be devastating. 

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As bad as the losses from major event cancellations are, economists say the economic damage they cause is likely to pale compared to the effects of the widespread closings of restaurants, retail stores and other businesses.

Lincoln Lutheran senior Lexie Kreizel — hunkered down at home for who knows how long with two college-age siblings — convinced her parents the…

Several partners, including businesses and philanthropic organizations, pledged to match $500,000 in donations to support the fund, which is being hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation.

Lincoln hospitals and surgery centers are postponing elective surgeries in response to COVID-19.

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The public health lab’s supply of extraction kits, which pull genetic material from the samples swabbed from patients potentially infected with the disease to allow testing for the novel coronavirus’ presence, are running thin.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is allowing restaurants and bars to sell beer, wine and spirits through the drive-thru, curbside pickup, delivery and takeout. 

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Lincoln-Lancaster County Interim Health Director Pat Lopez on Thursday urged any residents who recently returned from international travel, sp…

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The city of Lincoln tried to stock up on personal protection equipment last week, issuing a series of emergency bid requests seeking supplies …

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Across the city, markers of everyday life in Lincoln remained Wednesday with a sprinkling of indicators that the city is grappling with an historic pandemic. 

Lincoln Children’s Zoo says even though you can’t come to see the animals right now, zookeepers can bring the animals to you — virtually. 

Children are no longer required to be present when picking up meals, officials said.

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Journal Star reporter recovering at home from case of pneumonia.

Only amid a pandemic does a measure designed to reduce in-person turnout for an election in America seem justified.

Nine-year-old best friends find an old-fashioned way to stay close during time of coronavirus separation.

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The change Monday afternoon follows federal guidelines.

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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird declared a local emergency Monday — and her cabinet announced a broad slate of operational moves that will change t…

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Only two visitors will be allowed for each patient at Bryan Medical Center and CHI Health hospitals.

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University of Nebraska employees may take up to 80 hours of paid emergency leave in the event of self-quarantine, family care or child care be…

Social Distancing is my middle name. And it should be yours, too.

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While weekend religious services appeared to be on as scheduled at most Lincoln churches, places of worship were taking extra precautions to e…

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Several health insurance companies serving Nebraska say they will not charge patients who have to be tested for potential coronavirus infection.

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Another person from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who has tested positive for coronavirus is expected to arrive at Eppley Airfield late Tuesday night, bringing the number of patients being treated at UNMC to 15.

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They talk to their son at least every other day now, sometimes daily, narrowing the 7,000 miles between their home on Cooper Court and his apa…

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Omaha doesn’t need to implement further restrictions on businesses or residents to stem the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Nebraska’s largest city, the city’s mayor said Sunday.

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The person is a 48-year-old Lincoln man who traveled to Colorado on March 8 and 9. He developed symptoms March 15 and visited his health care provider March 16. The man is self-isolating at home.

Western Nebraska now has its third coronavirus case.

CHI Health on Friday will start processing COVID-19 tests in its own lab, a move that should greatly speed up the delivery of results.

Lincoln Public Schools is planning to resume classes Monday when spring break ends.

In the video, it appears the man licks a row of deodorant at a Walmart about an hour west of St. Louis. 

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Washington, Sarpy, Cass, Madison and Douglas counties Monday.

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Washington, Sarpy, Cass, Madison and Douglas counties Monday.

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