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(WOWT) -- Get a quick look at today's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Today's developments

6:23 p.m. -- Lincoln officials are encouraging residents to honor all public and private high school graduates at 8:20 p.m. Sunday by step outside or open their windows to safely cheer this year’s high school seniors, so they will be able to hear the celebrations across the city. [DETAILS]

6:18 p.m. -- Universal Studios Florida will reopen June 5, but notes it can’t guarantee visitors won’t be exposed to COVID-19 during their visit.

5:56 p.m. -- Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that five public outdoor pools will opening Monday June 15 in Lincoln.

5:18 p.m. -- The Iowa Judicial Branch says it will postpone jury trials in criminal cases until at least Sept. 14 and push back any in-person proceedings until July 13 or later because of the coronavirus threat.

4:19 p.m. -- Three Rivers Public Health Department announced results of a mass testing event from May 18.

3:31 p.m. -- Tourists returning to Las Vegas will notice changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will beckon. But poker rooms? Closed.

3:19 p.m. -- The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced 38 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The community's total is now 1,005.

3:15 p.m. -- Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university. Other conferences are expected to follow suit, though decisions could be left to individual schools.

1:45 p.m. -- Pottawattamie County Public Health reported one COVID-19 death and nine new cases Friday afternoon.

1:05 p.m. -- Douglas County Health Department reported three additional deaths and 89 new COVID-19 cases. As of Thursday night, county hospitals had 415 beds available and were reporting 149 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and "an additional 46 people were hospitalized as COVID-19 persons of interest."

1 p.m. -- During her weekly news conference, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announces the city will reopen parks and playgrounds but not pools on June 1. Bars will also be allowed to reopen, with restrictions, on June 1. City officials emphasized budgetary concerns noting that some services could remain shuttered indefinitely or permanently.

12:50 p.m. -- In very brief comments at the beginning of an impromptu White House Coronavirus Task Force news conference, President Trump said he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of the coronavirus.

11:57 a.m. -- Malaria drugs pushed by President Trump as treatments for the coronavirus did not help and were tied to a greater risk of death and heart rhythm problems in a new study of nearly 100,000 patients around the world.

11:07 a.m. -- A national holiday, a twist on the Harry Potter franchise and Gibson guitars highlight this weekend’s livestreaming events. And don't forget the the annual “Salute the Troops” Memorial Day weekend show streaming from the Grand Ole Opry at 7 p.m. Saturday.

11 a.m. -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces new Test Iowa sites, including one planned for Council Bluffs.

10:35 a.m. -- In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus, local officials and NASA are split on whether that's a good idea.

10:10 a.m. -- Flags are at half-staff at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S. in memory of the nearly 95,000 Americans who lost their lives to coronavirus, as ordered by President Trump.

8:31 a.m. -- Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

1:41 a.m. -- The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America, Russia, and the Indian subcontinent even as infection curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia, and the United States. Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they must shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread. Meanwhile, The virus is roaring through countries ill-equipped to handle the pandemic, which many scientists fear will seed the embers of a second global wave of infections.

Today's livestreams

11 a.m. -- Iowa governor's COVID-19 update [WATCH]
12:50 p.m. -- White House Coronavirus Task Force update [WATCH]
1 p.m. -- Omaha-Douglas County COVID-19 update [WATCH]
2 p.m. -- Nebraska governor's COVID-19 update [WATCH]
3:30 p.m. -- Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 update [WATCH]