TUE MAR 24 COVID-19 UPDATES: Iowa reports first coronavirus death; another case in Lincoln; Mart closing Friday

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

9:30 p.m. -- Los Angeles County health officials backtrack after announcing the death of a child with COVID-19.

7:53 p.m. -- Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reports its third lab-confirmed case of coronavirus: a man in his 50s.

7:20 p.m. -- Nebraska Furniture Mart announces it is closing its doors to all four showrooms starting at 7 p.m. Friday due to concerns about coronavirus exposure. The major retailer said shoppers could still shop NFM online and over the phone. [DETAILS]

6:50 p.m. -- The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced its first death associated with COVID-19. The individual was between 61-80 and a resident of Dubuque County.

5:38 p.m. -- Warning of the possibility of further community spread, Douglas County Health Department releases more details about the four cases reported Monday night: one is a woman in her 30s, and three are men ages 40-70.

4:05 p.m. -- The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum will remain closed through April 30 in response to Nebraska Gov. Pete Rickett's health measure order.

3:24 p.m. -- Metro busses are encouraging riders to enter through the back entrance to keep drivers and the public safe, along with closing their lobbies and scheduling regular cleanings.

2:58 p.m. -- The summer release of “Wonder Woman 1984” and as well as the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's “In the Heights” have been delayed by Warner Bros.

2:34 p.m. -- Gov. Ricketts says during his daily news conference that he hasn't been tested for COVID-19 because he doesn't fit the profile for testing. He also says non-violent inmates won't be let out of prisons early.

2:29 p.m. -- President Jerry Falwell Jr. welcomed Libery University students back from spring break in Lynchburg, Va.

2:21 p.m. -- Gov. Ricketts warns residents to expect numbers of positive cases in Nebraska to rise as the state expands testing.

2 p.m. -- During his daily news conference, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says those who have traveled from "a high-risk area" need to quarantine for 14 days.

1:56 p.m. -- Three Rivers Public Health Department reported two new cases: one woman in her 50s in Saunders County, and another woman in her 90s in Washington County.

1:14 p.m. -- City and county officials are asking Omaha landlords to forgive or suspend evictions on tenants with unpaid rent due to COVID-19. Also, Douglas County Court has postponed all criminal and traffic trials set to begin March 27-April 20 until the court dates can be rescheduled.

12:56 p.m. -- Lady Gaga announced on her social media accounts that she was delaying the release of her new album because of coronavirus. "...it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that’s is going on during this global pandemic," she said.

12:17 p.m. -- India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address. Indian health officials have reported 469 active cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 10 deaths.

11:04 a.m. -- The Iowa Department of Public Health notified 19 more people they have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 124.

10:57 a.m. -- USA Swimming cancels this summer's Olympic Swim Trials with plans to reschedule once new dates for the Summer Olympic Games are set.

9:55 a.m. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office changing response protocols to protect officers from coronavirus exposure. Deputies will only respond to high-priority calls, and visits to the courthouse will be limited, with some services put on hold or modified to reduce risking exposure.

8:40 a.m. -- Walgreens says it will hire more than 9,500 workers to full-time, part-time, and temporary positions. The company also announced their hourly employees will be receiving bonuses.

7:28 a.m. -- Japanese Prime Minister Abe says IOC president has agreed “100%” to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year, according to the Associated Press.

1:29 a.m. -- Global stocks rise after Federal Reserve promises economic support. South Korean stocks surged 8.6% and Germany’s market returned 7%. Treasury yields rose in a sign that investors are feeling less fearful. Even crude oil, which has more than halved this year, rose.

1:13 a.m. -- Some 85% of new infections came from Europe and the United States, according to the World Health Organization, with Spain registering a record daily increase of 6,584 new infections and a leap of 500 in the death toll to 2,696. [DETAILS]


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Tuesday'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
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  • 4:30 p.m. -- White House Coronavirus Task Force update [WATCH]


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