(WOWT) — Below is a review of Thursday’s local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak.
9:58 p.m. — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday night there are now 81 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.
8:53 p.m. — The FBI arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for coronavirus. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook told his 2.4 million Instagram followers that his company would return hundreds of millions of dollars in profit.
7:47 p.m. — Two new cases have been confirmed by the Sarpy/Cass County Health Department; both are Sarpy County residents.
7:19 p.m. — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband was released from the hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of COVID-19.
6:38 p.m. — U.S. Space Force launches its first national security satellite — in front of a limited crowd. non-essential personnel were banned from the launch control room and the viewing area at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was closed to visitors.
5:57 p.m. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts tweets his latest executive order allowing alcoholic beverages to be sold by bars and restaurants as “takeout” — with some stipulations in place.
5:27 p.m. — An Omaha Police officer has tested positive for coronavirus after traveling out of state on vacation. The officer self-quarantined upon his return.
5:18 p.m. — Douglas County Health Department confirmed four new cases, bringing the state’s total to 44.
5:03 p.m. — The United States has become the nation with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally tracking global cases.
4:15 p.m. — A church in Italy is being used as a makeshift cemetery. There are 80 places created inside the religious building.
3:31 p.m. — Boys Town reports its national hotline has seen a jump in calls referencing COVID-19, and a 50% increase in calls about domestic violence.
3 p.m. — WWE Smackdown, originally scheduled for April 24 at CHI Health Center, has been postponed to Sept. 7. Original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event. Ticket-holders are asked to refer questions to the arena’s box office.
2:30 p.m. — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says during her daily news conference that she has expanded the state’s disaster health proclamation.
2 p.m. — Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen confirms during Gov. Pete Ricketts’ news conference that the state primary election will be held May 12, as planned. May 1 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.
1:07 p.m. — Douglas County Treasurer’s Office reminds residents they can still process payments for vehicle registrations and renewals and property tax payments, due March 31.
1:07 p.m. — Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from its traditional run over Memorial Day weekend until August.
12:36 p.m — Italy’s new report pushes the total global number of coronavirus cases past the half-million mark.
12:25 p.m. — Ahead of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ daily live news conference, Iowa confirms 34 more cases, bringing the state’s case total to 179 positive cases.
12:21 p.m. — Fiat Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota join Ford in its push to restart American auto factories that have been closed to protect workers from exposure.
9:35 a.m. — Speaker of the House Pelosi and Republican leaders said representatives will give final approval to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill today. Lawmakers were planning to bless the measure by a voice vote, probably with just a sprinkling of them present in the chamber.
9 a.m. — Washington County officials conduct a live update on their COVID-19 response efforts.
8:46 a.m. — Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street after the Senate approved the $2.2 trillion economic relief bill. Major indexes were up more than 2% in early trading, headine for a three-day rally.
Source Website Nebraska counties confirm 13 more coronavirus cases