FRI MAR 20 COVID-19 UPDATES: Omaha-metro's third community-spread case confirmed

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(WOWT) -- Here's a review of Friday's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak:

7:24 p.m. -- Former star of “The Bachelor” Colton Underwood and talk-show host Andy Cohen have joined the growing group of celebrities who have tested positive for coronavirus.

7:16 p.m. -- Sarpy/Cass County Health Department announced its fourth case: a man in his 20s who had recently returned from traveling in Europe. Also, the health department determined the third case, confirmed Thursday, was community-spread — the third such case in the Omaha-metro area.

7:01 p.m. -- The Nebraska Legislature will reconvene temporarily next week. Speaker Jim Scheer's news release said they will begin a three-day emergency funding session at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

6:58 p.m. -- As mentioned in Friday's news conference, Gov. Pete Ricketts asks the Nebraska Legislature for $58.6 million in emergency funds.

6:34 p.m. -- Regional health club chain Genesis is offering livestream workouts, free for members.

6:16 p.m. -- Goodwill announces that effective at 6 p.m .Sunday, they will temporarily close stores, donation centers, and administrative offices. Tentative plans are to re-open April 23.

5:31 p.m. -- The U.S. Census Bureau is delaying the deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. by two weeks because of the spreading novel coronavirus. The 2020 census had been scheduled to stop at the end of July, but the deadline has now been extended to mid-August.

5:30 p.m. -- Netflix is establishing a $100 million relief fund for workers in the worldwide creative community affected by the coronavirus-caused halt of most film and television production.

5:08 p.m. -- Hy-Vee is hiring temporary part-time hourly employees. [SEARCH]

4:22 p.m. -- A 7-month-old baby boy from South Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19.

4:14 p.m. -- Pixar’s “Onward” will go from the top movie at the box office straight to digital release. Disney announced the animated feature will be available for digital purchase Friday night and for streaming on Disney+ in April.

3:25 p.m. -- Illinois goes on lockdown after Gov. J.B. Pritzker added his state to the list of those ordering residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

3:18 p.m. -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid more than 900 points, ending the week with a 17.3% loss. The index has declined in four of the last five weeks.

3:09 p.m. -- The COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic set to open Monday at Canfield Plaza parking lot has had its permit revoked by the City of Omaha. The city said a traffic plan must be made with the clinic and Omaha Police Department to safely manage the traffic that would be expected at the site.

2:48 p.m. -- Walmart plans to hire more than 1,500 associates in Nebraska to work in stores, clubs, fulfillment and distribution centers. Cash bonuses will be provided to hourly workers in the U.S.

2:19 p.m. -- The Douglas County Health Department has confirmed three new cases and three exposure sites: two men in their 40s and one woman in her 30s.

2:15 p.m. -- The University of Nebraska at Kearney is advising students to move from campus residence halls. Those who need to stay in a residence hall will be allowed to. Two students have COVID-19 symptoms -- one has been moved to isolation in a residence hall while the other is at home.

2:02 p.m. -- Omaha Children's Museum announced it is extending its closure to the public through April 30. The museum plans to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. All programs, events, birthday parties and rentals are postponed or canceled through the end of April.

1:51 p.m. -- USA Swimming is asking the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to advocate for postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games, slated for this summer. [DETAILS]

1:47 p.m. -- The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lincoln was announced Friday by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. He is a 48-year-old who traveled to Colorado March 8 and 9.

1:30 p.m. -- Three more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Douglas County Two of the individuals recently returned from the southeast US. They are two men in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. None of them are hospitalized. Douglas County has 26 confirmed cases of the disease.

12:23 p.m. -- Omaha Police announce that, as a precaution and until further notice, officers will not be responding to noninjury crashes where drivers can relocate their vehicles. Drivers are advised to exchange information. In fact, a majority of law enforcement departments in the Metro are changing the way they are policing.

12:15 p.m. -- President Trump said at Friday's news conference that the Department of Education will not enforce standardized testing requirements for students in elementary through high school for the current year.

11:56 a.m. -- Stocks turned lower on Wall Street after New York became the latest major state to mandate nearly all workers stay home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

11:46 a.m. -- President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

11:45 a.m. -- State of Iowa confirms its 45th positive case: an adult age 41-60 in Allamakee County. [DETAILS]

11:21 a.m. -- University of Nebraska – Omaha will conduct classes online starting March 30. [DETAILS]

11:19 a.m. -- President Trump said the U.S. and Mexico will sharply curtail cross-border travel to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. The limits on travel will apply only to recreational and tourist travel. Trade will not be affected.

11:16 a.m. -- Nebraska Public Power District warns of scam calls, reminding customers that the utility doesn't make phone calls about past due electricity bills.

10:40 a.m. -- Nebraska Bishops announce the will lead a statewide rosary live on Catholic Spirit radio (102.7FM in Omaha) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

10:25 a.m. -- Walmart plans to hire 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May.

10:19 a.m. -- The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held in May, but may be rescheduled.

9:24 a.m. -- U.S. tax deadline extended to July 15. Iowa extended its deadline for taxpayers to this date as well.

9:14 a.m. -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an additional public health emergency declaration to provide temporary relief from certain state regulations.

8:30 a.m. -- Larry Edgeworth, a longtime technician at the NBC's New York headquarters, died Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus.

7:35 a.m. -- Worldwide death toll passed 10,000 people.

5:03 a.m. -- Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for health care professionals and volunteers. [TWEET]

2:23 a.m. -- Stocks open higher on Wall Street at the end of another turbulent week.


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FRIDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCES


    10:45 a.m. -- White House Coronavirus Task Force update [WATCH]
    1 p.m. -- Bellevue-Plattsmouth-Sarpy County [WATCH]
    2 p.m. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts update [WATCH]
    2:30 p.m. -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds update [WATCH]