TUE APR 28 COVID-19 UPDATES: State penitentiary staffer tests positive; Pence goes unmasked during Mayo Clinic visit

South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)
South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)(KOTA)
Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 6:03 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
8:30 p.m. --

President Trump took executive action to order meat processing plants to stay open

and the impact on the nation's food supply.

7:30 p.m. --

Joe Biden won Ohio’s presidential primary,


5:56 p.m. --

for COVID-19, according to Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes.

5:22 p.m. --

Omaha Public Schools is planning


5:17 p.m. --

The number of coronavirus cases aboard the USS Kidd,

, rose to 64 as the Navy destroyer pulled into port at San Diego to get medical care for the crew and to disinfect and decontaminate the ship.

5:10 p.m. --

The Douglas County Health Department confirms

. The total in the county is now 505.

4:38 p.m. --

The governor of North Carolina is

— without fans in attendance at the end of May — unless health conditions deteriorate in the state.

3:33 p.m. --

by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

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during a tour of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, an apparent violation of the world-renowned medical center's policy requiring them.

2:39 p.m. --

Central District Health Department reports it has confirmed 34 more cases of COVID-19 in Hall County, an additional case in Hamilton County, and another in Merrick County. The health district now has


2 p.m. --

Falling just short of being eligible for its own share of CARES Act funding, Omaha City Council members discussed in their meeting today about

it was awarded. The city estimates it has incurred about $14 million in coronavirus-related expenses.

2 p.m. --

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, joined by medical experts representing dentistry in the state,

performing elective surgeries May 4, and answered questions about his own involvement with a meat processing plant in Crete staying open.

1:39 p.m. --

of chicken, pork, and other meat on American supermarket shelves because of the coronavirus. The order will use the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing as "critical infrastructure" to keep production plants open.

1:11 p.m. --

The number of people in the U.S. infected with COVID-19

. The virus has also claimed the lives of more than 57,000 throughout the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

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during pandemic-related shutdowns. But a labor group said this week that the theme park company is undeserving because it furloughed 95% of its employees.

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Banks trying to submit applications for thousands of small businesses seeking coronavirus relief loans have


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as COVID-19 cases continue to rise among workers at the plant. On Monday, an email sent from Smithfield to employees said all operations at the plant were shut down for at least two weeks.

11 a.m. --

At the start of her daily news conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces

in seven more long-term care facilities.

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to issue marriage licenses only by mail until further notice.

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by the Lincon-Lancaster County Health Department on Tuesday morning.

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Family Fare has updated its policy beginning April 27 to require all customers and employees to wear face masks or coverings while in-store unless they have a medical condition which prohibits them from doing so.

7:55 a.m. --

Planet Fitness centers in Iowa are allowed to reopen Friday. McCall Gosselin, Senior Vice President of Communications for Planet Fitness, said they are working closely with local franchisees to determine a reopening date.

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to require passengers to wear face coverings.

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from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted.

Today's livestreams
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Iowa governor's update [


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Nebraska governor's COVID-19 update [


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Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 update [


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Nebraska COVID-19 response update in Spanish [