THU MAR 19 COVID-19 UPDATES: Four more cases reported in Nebraska

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

9:41 p.m. -- Bellevue issued a news release stating that it will host a joint news conference at 1 p.m. Friday to discuss how Sarpy County governments as well as Plattsmouth officials will comply with directives from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state health department.

9:29 p.m. -- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says four new cases of coronavirus have been identified in three counties: one in Sarpy County, two in Lincoln County, and one in Nemaha County.

9:05 p.m. -- Midlands Family Urgent Care will offer curbside service at two locations: 312 Olson Drive in Papillion, and in the Midlands Place Shopping Center at 84th and Highway 370. No appointment is necessary. The service will run through April.

8:53 p.m. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom issues statewide order for people to stay at home amid virus outbreak.

7:11 p.m. -- Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday night signed an executive order giving restaurants and bars statewide more flexibility to serve alcohol to their patrons during the coronavirus health crisis.

6:22 p.m. -- Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing direct payments of $1,200 per person and $2,400 for couples in relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by The Associated Press.

6 p.m. -- Willie Nelson is hosting an online concert festival. The "Til Further Notice" show, featuring a long list of acts — including the likes of Paul Simon, Jewel, Lucinda Williams, and Edie Brickell — is available on various streaming platforms.

5:08 p.m. -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office reports six new cases have been identified in the state.

4:28 p.m. -- Douglas County postpones all jury trials in county and district courts through May 1. Jurors summoned between March 23 and May 1 don't need to report.

3:30 p.m. --Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. today to provide additional details about ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:16 p.m. -- Cannes Film Festival has been postponed. Organizers are looking at possible festival dates this summer.

3:11 p.m. -- Wall Street gains some ground after a rocky day.

2:33 p.m. -- Hy-Vee announces it will install plastic barriers at checkouts to protect customers and cashiers from potential exposure. The grocery chain is also banning use of reusable bags.

2 p.m. --Nebraska Medicine will have a live conference at 2 p.m. today with Dr. Kelly Cawcutt for updates on the latest COVID-19 developments with symptoms, testing and more.

12:54 p.m. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts imposes an "enforceable limit" on public gatherings in Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, Washington counties — including ESUs No. 3 and No. 19 — until April 30. [DETAILS]

12:42 p.m. -- The Metropolitan Community College Prototype Design Lab is making masks for Nebraska Medicine because of a shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enough material has been collected to assemble 1,000 face shield masks for health care workers.

12:40 p.m. -- Ralston city offices are closed to the public, but staff will continue to maintain services online and by phone, email, and mail.

12:05 p.m. -- Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is extending the date it will be closed to the public through April 30.

11:50 a.m.-- Nebraska Youth Justice Advocates across 22 states including Nebraska and Iowa have sent letters to governors and officials demanding they release incarcerated youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:26 a.m.-- The Pottawattamie County COVID-19 Response Task Force announcedThursday a list of local restaurants has been compiled by the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau that are open for drive-through, carry-out and delivery. The list can be found at this website.

10:08 a.m. -- Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus, but plans to continue working from his home office in the palace.

10 a.m. -- White House Coronavirus Task Force gives an update as U.S. works to stabilize economy hit by coronavirus. Federal officials are focusing on the Trump administration’s $1 trillion plan to stabilize a national economy reeling from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

9:23 a.m -- J.C. Penney Co. Inc. announced it will close all stores temporarily, starting at 7 p.m. today.

9:15 a.m. -- Children's Hospital increases visitor restrictions. [DETAILS]

9:10 a.m. -- Papillion-La Vista Community Schools announces free breakfast and lunch pick-ups will be available every Monday morning for students in need.

9:10 a.m. -- U2 frontman Bono shared a new tune on his band’s Instagram called “Let Your Love Be Known,” which he said is dedicated to anyone across the globe “in a tight spot and still singing" during the coronavirus pandemic.

8:10 a.m. -- The U.S. military says it is pausing the movement of any new troops into Afghanistan and quarantining 1,500 troops who recently arrived to avoid any spread of the coronavirus.

7:23 a.m. -- Testing labs across the country are sounding the next alarm, saying there are shortages not just in tests but the components needed to conduct the tests.

7:03 a.m. -- According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, HBO Max is delaying production on the special because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

6:23 a.m. -- Wall Street starts the day with modest loses.

4:43 a.m. -- The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for benefits, a good proxy for layoffs, rose by 70,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000 last week.


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