FRI MAR 13 COVID-19 UPDATES: Newest confirmed case is a child; Ricketts declares emergency

The Florida Department of Health issued the latest COVID-19 information Monday morning. (MGN)
The Florida Department of Health issued the latest COVID-19 information Monday morning. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 8:05 PM CDT
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Here's a review of Friday's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak:


for an aid package from Congress that would provide free tests, sick pay for workers and bolster food programs.


The Walt Disney Co. will

to give families cooped up by coronavirus a welcome distraction.

7:01 p.m. --

Omaha Community Playhouse has canceled performances scheduled from March 15-22, as well as all remaining "Native Gardens" performances, scheduled to run through this weekend.

6:34 p.m. --

Ralston Senior Center will be closed through March 22.

6:04 p.m. --

Starting Wednesday, Metropolitan Community College is moving to online e-learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Faculty will communicate instructions with their respective classes. All other college operations will continue as usual.

5:23 p.m. --

The Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln announced that Archbishop Lucas granted a "dispensation" for Catholics, releasing them from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses. In their news release, church officials encouraged priests to remind their parishioners that "Mass for Shut-Ins" is aired at 10:30 a.m. Sundays on WOWT.

5:21 p.m. --

President Trump tweeted that

for 30 days, effective at midnight.

5:58 p.m. --

for Nebraska, allowing the state to expedite COVID-19 response. [


5:44 p.m. --

DCHD has confirmed a child as the latest case of coronavirus in Nebraska. The child is connected to a family member of five cases reported earlier this week, which were connected to two other previous confirmed cases.

5:18 p.m. --

Omaha Performing Arts suspends all performances at the Orpheum and Holland theaters slated for March 14-31, but Friday's performances will run as scheduled. "Dear Evan Hansen," scheduled to run March 17-22, has been canceled; refunds will be issued automatically on tickets purchased for those performances through Ticket Omaha.

4:30 p.m. --

Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa schools will remain open. She also announced that another person in Iowa tested positive for coronavirus in Harrison County; that person was transported to UNMC.

3:03 p.m. --

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's office has canceled the

scheduled for Monday.

2:46 p.m. --

Catholic Charities will have its annual Irish Fest fundraiser online. [


2:39 p.m. --

Burlington Capital's annual International Omaha equestrian event, scheduled for April 9-12, has been canceled.

2:30 p.m. --

In a live address to the nation,

in order to release funding to combat the spread of coronavirus across the nation.

1:21 p.m. --

The Omaha Airport Authority has canceled its board meeting, scheduled for Tuesday.

1:16 p.m. --

The six

March 14-20.

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from March 14-20.

12:51 p.m. --

Another person with coronavirus from the area

at the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, according to an update posted Friday afternoon.

12:15 p.m. --

to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the organization announced Friday in a press release.

12:10 p.m. --

through March 26 in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, the organization announced in a press release Friday.

10:50 a.m. --

A day after indicating it would close events to spectators, IndyCar announces it would cancel all upcoming events through April.

10:48 a.m. --

: one man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s who had both traveled recently.

10:39 a.m. --

NASCAR postpones upcoming weekend's events nearly a day after announcing it would hold the events without spectators.

10:35 a.m. --

During his

, Gov. Pete Ricketts said that state officials may close schools for six to eight weeks, if necessary.

10:06 a.m. --

Beijing is requiring all arrivals to quarantine for 14 days. South Korea is screening passengers arriving from several countries. [


9:25 a.m. --

Initially set for April 20,

to Sept. 14. [


9:18 a.m. --

March 14-20.

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, but no new date has been announced for the golf tournament and related events.

8:22 a.m. --

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in isolation at a hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. He returned to Australia on Sunday from Washington, D.C., where he met U.S. Attorney-General William Barr and President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, last week. [


8:11 a.m. --

. Buffett announced the May 2 meeting will be streamed online by Yahoo Finance, and several BH employees will cast proxy votes.

7:30 a.m. --

until further notice due to a confirmed case of coronavirus at the main building downtown.