THU APR 09 COVID-19 UPDATES: Sixth death, 13 new cases in Douglas County

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

Thursday's developments


7:03 p.m. -- The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus, according to a statement of the university's website.

5:16 p.m. -- The coronavirus pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, according to the head of the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is expected to release an updated world economic forecast on Tuesday that will show just how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has turned what had been expected to be a solid year of growth into a deep downturn.

4:33 p.m. -- Douglas County Health Department confirmed its sixth death: a woman in her 60s with an underlying health condition. The county health department also reported 13 new cases: four men and nine women ages 25-89.

4:02 p.m. -- In a live news conference, Lincoln officials announce six new COVID-19 cases, all of which are community spread.

4:01 p.m. -- Six staff at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney have tested positive for COVID-19.

3:04 p.m. -- Pottawattamie County Public Health announced the number of COVID-19 cases in their area remains at 12 on Thursday. Three people have fully recovered, two are nearing recovery, three are improving and four are still symptomatic.

2:52 p.m. -- Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour will give an update on local COVID-19 response and statistics at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

2:39 p.m. -- Thanks to an overwhelming response from people who suddenly found themselves stuck at home, animal shelters say they have placed record numbers of dogs, cats, and other animals. If past trends hold, many of those who agree to temporarily care for a pet will ultimately decide they want the animal to stay for good.

2:10 p.m. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation urging Nebraskans to stay home for 21 days.

1:35 p.m. -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care, where he had been for three days after his symptoms for coronavirus worsened.

12:49 p.m. -- Pointing to data that shows the virus spread rapidly in countries that are just coming out of summer, a group of scientists is warning the Trump administration that warmer weather may not lessen the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wants us all to stop shaking hands.

11 a.m. -- Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Linn County, Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds also said in her daily update that 125 new cases had been reported across the state, bringing its total to 1,270. Officials also said during the update that unemployment payments would start getting sent out next week.

10:18 a.m. -- Senate Democrats sidetracked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to fast-track President Trump’s $250 billion bill aimed at supplementing a “paycheck protection” program for businesses crippled by the coronavirus outbreak, demanding protections for minority-owned businesses and money for health care providers and state and local governments.

10:11 a.m. -- Three new cases were confirmed in the Lincoln area by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Details about the new cases will be shared during the Lincoln mayor's daily news conference.

9:31 a.m. -- With the annual White House Easter Egg Roll canceled due to concerns about large gatherings, the first lady is giving 25,000 commemorative wooden eggs to area children's hospitals, federal agencies, aid groups and grocery store chains.

8:54 a.m. -- Stocks jumped in early trading on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve took actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local governments and small and large businesses as the country tips into what economists say may be the worst recession in decades.

8:51 p.m. -- The Federal Reserve is activating a Main Street Business Lending Program authorized by the CARES Act, to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans — the largest economic relief package ever passed by Congress.

8:42 a.m. -- World leaders and health officials are fervently warning that hard-won gains in the fight against the scourge must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing during the Easter holiday.

8:04 a.m. -- Numbers released by the U.S. government on Thursday showed that 6.6 million workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, on top of more than 10 million in the two weeks before that. That means more than 1 in 10 American workers have been forced out of a job since the crisis took hold.

8:03 a.m. -- Iowa Department of Labor reports 67,334 unemployment claims were filed between March 29 and April 4, with more than $27.5 million in unemployment insurance benefits paid to claimants in that time period.

7:43 a.m. -- The virus' continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that the House will reconvene in Washington as scheduled after April 20.

7:19 a.m. -- Omaha Steaks is partnering with Feeding America to provide meals for millions of families in need, donating 100,000 servings of protein through the Feeding America network of food banks.

6:20 a.m. -- Global shares track Wall Street gains, shrugging off jobs fears. Stocks rise ahead of U.S. labor report, and oil was up on output talks.

5:21 a.m. -- The U.S. government used an obscure public health law to justify one of its most aggressive border crackdowns ever: People fleeing violence and poverty to seek refuge in the U.S. are whisked to the nearest border crossing and returned to Mexico without a chance to apply for asylum.

3:29 a.m. -- As coronavirus outbreaks flatten in some places, a spike in deaths in Britain and New York and surges of reported new infections in Japan and in India’s congested cities make it clear the battle is far from over.


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Thursday's scheduled livestreams


11 a.m. -- Iowa COVID-19 response update [WATCH]
2 p.m. -- Nebraska COVID-19 response update [WATCH]
3:30 p.m. -- Lincoln-Lancaster County update [WATCH]
5:30 p.m. -- White House Coronavirus Task Force update [WATCH]
8:30 p.m. -- Q&A with Gov. Pete Ricketts, others [WATCH]