WED MAY 20 COVID-19 UPDATES: AAA skips Memorial Day travel projections

South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)
South Dakota COVID-19 infections continue to rise. (MGN)(KOTA)
Published: May. 19, 2020 at 7:21 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 p.m. --

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website,

and 138 deaths. The state of Iowa has reached 15,618 cases which are up 269 from yesterday's total of 15,349.


5:44 p.m. --

A Better Business Bureau spokesman said

, while a local FBI special agent said COVID-19 scams are spreading across the nation. 6 News was told many of the scams we’re seeing are being perpetrated by offshore crime gangs.

4:59 p.m. --

Like just about everything else,

. Things are bad enough that AAA didn’t release its holiday weekend travel forecast this year. The lowest record that AAA has was set back in 2009 with 31 million people.

4:49 p.m. --

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is

for camping.

4:41 p.m. --

Remote learning for special education students during the coronavirus has been largely left up to the school districts and the states. Now, the special education services that students receive depend on where they live,


4:32 p.m. --

The Douglas County Health Department announced


4:12 p.m. --

Three Rivers Public Health Department

afternoon, an increase of 16 cases from their last report May 18.

4:01 p.m. --

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour told the health board


3:50 p.m. --

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday


3:44 p.m. --

Twin Creek Cinema in Bellevue plans to


3:19 p.m. --

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced

, bringing the community total to 918.

3:02 p.m. --

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA

, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. The welcoming committee was reduced drastically in size because of the coronavirus pandemic.

2:56 p.m. --

Speaking to Columbia University Law School graduates via video, Joe Biden warned that those “tasked with enforcing the law are abusing their powers,” offering a measured critique of the Trump administration.

and his allies pushing conspiracy theories and alleging improper behavior during the Obama administration.

2:32 p.m. --

The Pottawattamie Public Health Department has reported that an elderly individual with pre-existing conditions has died from COVID-19. This is the county's 3rd death. The county also has reported


1:56 p.m. --

Mayor Bill de Blasio said

and will provide staff to replace nursing home employees who test positive for the virus.

1:51 p.m. --

Apple and Google released long-awaited smartphone technology


1:41 p.m. --

Buffett Early Childhood Institute issues guidance for reopening child care centers in Nebraska. [


1:32 p.m. --

finds strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic.

1:32 p.m. --

Kohl's announced

with reduced hours.

1:15 p.m. --

Central District Health Department reports


1:11 p.m. --

The Douglas County Health Department

in the area, totaling 2,715 cases to date.

12:55 p.m. --

New college graduates were set to enter the best job market in half a century.

. When college seniors entered their final year just last fall, the national unemployment rate was at a near-record low of 3.7%. Today, it’s at a jaw-dropping 14.7%.

12:50 p.m. --

As businesses around the world adopt new practices due to coronavirus, one Japanese pub is taking an extreme approach to customer safety by


12:27 p.m.--

Creighton announces


11:54 a.m. --

that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved. As with other recently released guidance, religious organizations were not included. Instead, the document has advice for childcare facilities, schools, day camps, mass transit systems, restaurants, bars and other businesses and organizations that have workers at high risk of becoming sick from the coronavirus.

11 a.m. --

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in her daily news conference that

, with more to follow ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Some school activities will also be allowed to resume in June. [


10:59 a.m. --

, and three more have been hospitalized.

10:33 a.m. --

A man in a Colorado is accused of


10:22 a.m. --

by 9% and locking in that rate for two years.

10:08 a.m. --

, the lowest point on record, for the 2020-21 school year. That is a drop of 39% from 4.53% in 2019-20.

9:41 a.m. --

after he said — erroneously — that the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so.

8:53 a.m. --

The Federal Trade Commission

of reports of facilities trying to take the coronavirus stimulus payments of people on Medicaid.

8:16 a.m. --

A southern California community is upset because the


6:59 a.m. --

it received from the federal government for coronavirus relief.

5:50 a.m. --

New Jersey’s

from grocery chains, trucking companies and other logistics firms wanting to know if rumors of an impending national lockdown were true.

5:25 a.m. --

, but their parents should still bring them for treatment, doctors say.

4:18 a.m. --

As nations around the world loosen coronavirus restrictions,


Today's livestreams
11 a.m. --

Iowa governor's COVID-19 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 Ben Salazar [