MON MAR 23 COVID-19 UPDATES: Washington County reports 2 travel-related cases

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(WOWT) -- Below is a review of Monday's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.

10 p.m. -- Total cases in Nebraska reaches 61 as five more
counties report cases.

4 p.m. -- Hy-Vee is suspending returns and their raincheck policy until further notice. If someone finds that a perishable item does not meet Hy-Vee's standard for freshness, they can exchange for a new product. Non-perishables will not be accepted.

3:23 p.m. -- Omaha Police will close front desks at all precincts starting Tuesday. The front desk at central headquarters, located at 505 S. 15th St., will remain open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but services will be restricted.

2:50 p.m. -- The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo will have virtual behind the scenes experiences for the public to support social distancing.

2:19 p.m. -- Three Rivers Public Health Department confirms two new cases in Washington County: a man and a woman, both in their 60s.

2:07 p.m. -- Temporarily back in session Monday to address the state's funding needs during the coronavirus pandemic, the Nebraska Legislature moves $100 million special appropriation bill forward with no lawmakers dissenting.

2:07 p.m. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said during today's news conference that the state has extended its tax deadline to July 15, but encourages those who can file by April 15 to do so.

2:01 p.m. -- Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles posts a FAQs regarding the governor's executive orders as it pertains to vehicle licensing and other related regulations. [DETAILS]

1:36 p.m. -- Long-time International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said Monday he believes the 2020 Summer Olympics will be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports.

1:28 p.m. -- Authorities are cutting the number of inmates in Iowa's prisons and jails amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

1:09 p.m. -- The Federal Reserve did what it could to help financial markets and the economy Monday, but investors are still waiting for Congress and the White House to do the same. Stocks skidded between modest losses and drops of nearly 5% in tumultuous trading on Wall Street as investors wait to see if Democrats and Republicans can settle their differences on a rescue package for the economy.

12:43 p.m. -- About a third of the poputlation of Kansas is bracing for shelter-in-place orders.

12:19 p.m. -- President Trump expressed qualms about extending the current 15-day shutdown recommended by the federal government.

10:59 a.m. -- The head of New York state’s correctional officers union says Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus. The 68-year-old former film producer, who was hospitalized with heart issues in recent weeks, was diagnosed just days after being transferred to the state’s maximum-security facility.

10:56 a.m. -- Iowa Department of Public Health reports 15 more positive cases of coronavirus in the state.

10:34 a.m. -- Food Bank of the Heartland has relocated Tuesday's drive-up mobile pantry to Lewis Central High School. Distribution will happen from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. [DETAILS]

9:36 a.m. -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., tweets that her husband has coronavirus. [TWEET]

9:30 a.m. -- Iowa-based recreational vehicle and boat manufacturer Winnebago Industries says it is ceasing production to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and adjust production as demand for the company's products is rapidly changing.

9:10 a.m. -- Nebraska Medicine says they have enough sewing volunteers, following yesterday's call for help repairing scrubs. [TWEET]

8:16 a.m. -- The Douglas County Board of Trustees will meet from 9:30 to 10 a.m. to discuss the potential impact of coronavirus on employees at the Douglas County Health Center.

8:02 a.m. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom was on air again urging residents to heed the statewide “stay at home” mandate as thousands of people were flocking to southern California beaches. Some say it’s time for law enforcement to crack down.

8:01 a.m. -- U.S. futures jumped and global stock benchmarks trimmed losses after the Federal Reserve announcement.

7:33 a.m. -- The Federal Reserve says it will buy as much government debt as it deems necessary and will also begin lending to small and large businesses and local governments to help them weather the crisis. The central bank's all-out effort has now gone beyond even the extraordinary drive it made to rescue the economy from the 2008 financial crisis.

7:01 a.m. -- Tom Hanks tweeted that he and wife Rita Wilson were feeling better, two weeks after the Hollywood couple first began noticing symptoms while in Australia for his pre-production work on a film about Elvis Presley. Hanks also reminded people of the importance of sheltering in place during the pandemic.

6:24 a.m. -- Free breakfast and lunch for students of Papillion La Vista Community Schools is being distributed from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays.

5:51 a.m. -- Markets reopened to an altered business landscape this morning as lockdowns and closures intended to halt the spread of the new coronavirus expanded over the weekend.

4:49 a.m. -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that hospitals are 10 days away from shortages in “really basic supplies" needed to protect health care workers and patients alike. “If we don't get the equipment, we're literally going to lose lives,” he said.

3:36 a.m. -- Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House churned late into the night over a now nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package. Inside the otherwise emptied out Capitol, the draft aid bill was declared insufficient by Democrats, who argued it was tilted toward corporations and did too little to help workers and health care providers.

12:46 a.m. -- A registered nurse in Oklahoma is taking legal action after he says he was fired for wearing a face mask at work in an effort to protect himself, his family, and his patient amid the coronavirus outbreak.


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Monday's press conferences


  • 2 p.m. -- Update from Gov. Pete Ricketts and other Nebraska officials [WATCH]
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Update from Gov. Kim Reynolds and other Iowa officials [WATCH
  • 4:30 p.m. -- White House Task Force update [WATCH]