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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:

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

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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.

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Ralston Senior Center will be closed through March 22.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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The six

March 14-20.

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from March 14-20.

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Another person with coronavirus from the area

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

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

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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.

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: 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. [

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Initially set for April 20,

to Sept. 14. [

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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. [

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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.

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

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