THU APR 30 COVID-19 UPDATES: Health guidelines released for meat processors

South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)
South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)(KOTA)
Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 3:09 PM CDT
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Get a quick look at today's local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.

TODAY'S CASES: Nebraska | Iowa

Today's developments
6:30 p.m. --

adjusting the time period for COVID-19 unemployment claims.

5:41 p.m. --

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported two additional deaths and 497 new COVID-19 cases — the highest daily jump since the start of the pandemic — according to


5:32 p.m. --

next time they head into one of the chain’s 500 stores.Whole Foods says free, disposable masks will be available at the door within the next week.

4:59 p.m. --

Von Maur announces that it will re-open its Westroads Mall location Monday with modified hours. Until further notice, the store will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Employees will be expected to adhere to state and CDC guidelines before shopping, including health screenings.

4:58 p.m. --

Douglas County Health District reports


3:03 p.m. --

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine officials released

. The recommendations include providing barriers between workers, providing workers with masks, screening all workers, and instructing plants to do more cleaning and sanitizing. [


3:48 p.m. --

a General Motors/Ventec ventilator production facility in Indiana after coming under fire for


3:30 p.m. --

During her daily news conference,

have been confirmed in that community.

3:07 p.m. --

For the first time in its history,

. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947.

2:54 p.m. --

at midnight but is extending his emergency powers to June 12 and telling the elderly and medically fragile to stay at home until then.

2:21 p.m. --

starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina with the premier Cup Series racing three more times in a 10-day span.

1:52 p.m. --

Pottawattamie County Public Health has confirmed


12:51 p.m. --

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said

, a stunning benchmark for the next aid package that’s certain to run into opposition from Senate Republicans.

12:51 p.m. --

Iowa Department of Public Health released details about


12:04 p.m. --

The Clarinda Correctional Facility reports that


11:46 a.m. --

Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele spoke about

for meat-packing plants, questioning "how the Federal Government will provide testing for workers at JBS.

so I can explain to him the problems we have faced with government orders that have failed to protect the people of Grand Island."

11:40 a.m. --

as the fallout from coronavirus-related restrictions on business continued.

11 a.m. --

During her daily news conference,

— two more people than the previous day's record count — and 302 new cases.

10:32 a.m. --

favorite characters from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar are


10:25 a.m. --

for people to reheat at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

10:02 a.m. --

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reports

, bringing the community total there to 202 cases. [


9:01 a.m. --

U.S. intelligence agencies are debunking a conspiracy theory, saying they have

but say they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may have resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.

8:08 a.m. --

A Texas A&M University

, therefore reducing the hospitalization and death rates related to the virus.

8:08 a.m. --

The Iowa Workforce Department reported

, down slightly from the previous week.

6:46 a.m. --

as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the six weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began forcing millions of employers to close their doors and slash their workforces.

Today's livestreams
11 a.m. --

Iowa governor's update [


2 p.m. --

Nebraska governor's COVID-19 update [


3:30 p.m. --

Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 update [


4 p.m. --

COVID-19 Q&A with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert [


5 p.m. --

Nebraska COVID-19 update in Spanish [


8:30 p.m. --

Governor's COVID-19 town hall on NET-TV [