TUE MAY 19 COVID-19 UPDATES: Some Omaha-area businesses adding virus-related surcharge

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


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Today's developments

8:18 p.m. --A Sarpy County man in his 80s has died due to COVID-19 complications. This is the area's third death.

6 p.m. -- According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the state has had seven deaths and 221 cases since its last update, for a total of 10,846 total cases and 132 deaths statewide. In Iowa, there were eight additional deaths and 266 cases since Monday, for a total of 372 deaths and 15,349 cases.

3:43 p.m. -- The Greater Omaha Chamber has announced a new task force to look at the region's recovery efforts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic via two initiatives: Thrive 2020 and We Rise.

3:21 p.m. -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell went before Congress, offering contrasting views of what the government's most urgent priority should be. Mnuchin warned that prolonged business shutdowns would pose long-term threats to the economy; Powell urged Congress to consider providing further financial aid soon to support states, localities, businesses and individuals to prevent an even deeper recession.

3:04 p.m. -- Mattel unveiled an expansion of its #ThankYouHeroes toy collection, a project that honors first responders and everyday heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight.

2:53 p.m. -- Rascal Flatts announced they are cancelling their upcoming Farewell Tour amid the coronavirus pandemic.

2:22 p.m. -- Beyoncé has been added to the list of guest speakers for YouTube's virtual commencement ceremony that will also feature the Obamas.

2 p.m. -- In his daily news conference, Nebraska Gov. Ricketts talked about the state's longterm efforts to mitigate COVID-19 in the state and preview what comes next after the current directed health measures expire.

1:54 p.m. -- Public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses of people who tested positive with first-responders, from police officers to firefighters to EMTs. An Associated Press review found that at least 10 of those states also share the patients' names. First responders argue the information is vital to helping them take extra precautions to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

12:19 p.m. -- Following an article on COVID-19 surcharges found around the country, 6 News found some Omaha-area businesses have been adding a charge to customers' bills to help cover extra expenses related to the pandemic.

12:17 p.m. -- The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found.

11:42 a.m. -- A Tennessee hospital has received a six-figure CARES Act payment from the federal government, but it hasn’t seen a single patient during the coronavirus pandemic as it has been closed since June 2019.

11:18 a.m. -- The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in New York without fans and serve as the opening leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown for the first time in the sport’s history.

11:11 a.m. -- Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend their agreement to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

11 a.m. -- In her daily news conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled the newest updates to the state's COVID-19 website, which will include real-time numbers on cases, serology testing, and other important data about coronavirus activity in the state.

10:46 a.m. -- The UK government is funding a $612,000 trial to see if six specially trained dogs can sniff out COVID-19 before symptoms appear.

10:06 a.m. -- Annie Glenn, wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn who overcame a childhood stutter to become an advocate for others with speech disorders, died of complications from COVID-19. She was 100.

10 a.m. -- Railroad Days is canceled, the Lauritzen Gardens, Durham Museum UP Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, and Historic General Dodge House announced Tuesday in a joint press release.

9:35 a.m. -- More than 180 churchgoers in California are under self-isolation after an infected person attended an in-person service held in violation of a statewide order that forbids gatherings.

9:06 a.m. -- Pier 1 Imports will likely not survive after filing for bankruptcy, as the struggling retailer announced it is looking to cease operations. Citing the impact of COVID-19 on an already challenging retail environment, the company's CEO said this was not the outcome the company was hoping for after filing for bankruptcy.

8:25 a.m. -- The USS Theodore Roosevelt will return to sea later this week, nearly two months after the ship was sidelined in Guam with a rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak, U.S. officials said as the crew finished final preparations to depart.

8:09 a.m. -- A Connecticut college student has come up with a creative way to teach children about coronavirus.

7:39 a.m. -- President Trump said he is taking malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to protect against the coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side effects.

7:39 a.m. -- Health experts say President Trump's increasing attacks on the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of the U.N. agency's role and could ultimately serve to weaken global health.

5:38 a.m. -- The U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday it’s going to start mailing about 4 million payments stimulus payments on debit cards.

4:37 a.m. -- New coronavirus cases have been spiking from India to South Africa to Mexico in a clear indication that the pandemic is far from over, while Russia and Brazil now sit behind only the United States in the number of reported infections.

Today's livestreams

11 a.m. -- Iowa governor's update [WATCH]
2 p.m. -- Nebraska governor's COVID-19 update [WATCH]
3:30 p.m. -- Lincoln-Lancaster County COVID-19 update [WATCH]
5 p.m. -- Nebraska governor's COVID-19 update in Spanish [WATCH]