(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department reports that as of today, May 5, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,350, and there are 39 deaths (2 new deaths).
There are 15 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,285 in Hall County.
There are a total of 31 deaths from Hall County, 8 from Hamilton County, and 0 in Merrick County.
04-May-2020 / Ap
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department in central Nebraska say a woman has died in a weekend crash near North Platte. The department says in a Facebook post that the crash happened just before 4 p.m. Saturday, when a southbound pickup truck pulling a camper on U.S. Highway 83 left the road and rolled. Investigators say four people in the truck were injured and taken to a North Platte hospital. The driver, 64-year-old Susan Wong of Spokane, Washington, died from her injuries. The three others are expected to recover.
04-May-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska relaxed some of its social-distancing restrictions in the Omaha area and more than half of the state’s counties, but Gov. Pete Ricketts is imploring people who are still living in more heavily regulated areas to stay put. Ricketts is asking residents in hard-hit areas, such as Grand Island and Dakota City, not to venture out of their regions out of concern that they might spread the coronavirus. Unlike many other states, Ricketts has imposed public safety restrictions in Nebraska on a regional basis.
04-May-2020 / Central District Health Department
Grand Island, NE - The Central District Health Department on Monday afternoon reported to KRGI News that there are now 1,320 total positive lab confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the three county area that the district serves. That's an additional 150 cases from last Friday May 1st to Monday, May 4th. The CDHD also has no additional deaths to report. The lives claimed due to Covid-19 complications remains at 37. Breakdown by county is as follows. Hall 1,247, Hamilton 50, Merrick 13.
04-May-2020 / Ap
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who escaped from a Kearney juvenile center was recaptured but three other escapees remain at large. The Nebraska State Patrol says one juvenile was arrested early Monday after a pursuit near Grand Island. Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas says a trooper tried to stop a speeding car on Interstate 80 but the driver sped away. During the pursuit, the car reached speeds of more than 125 mph before another trooper successfully deployed spike strips. He and the others escaped from the he Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney on Sunday night.
01-May-2020 / Tyson Havranek
The Central District Health Department in Grand Island is reporting that as of today, May 1, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,170, and there are 37 deaths.
The increase represents anadditional 70 cases over the last 24 hours.
There are 10 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,110 in Hall County.
01-May-2020 / NEBRASKAland Days
North Platte, Ne - Nebraskaland Days in North Platte has made the decision to postpone the 2020 State Celebration. David Fudge, the Executive Director in a Press Release said " We hope to produce the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and other events later this summer, and are working through rescheduling the concert series for 2021.
Those who have purchased tickets to this years events will have a couple of options including holding them for the rescheduled dates or receiving a full refund of the face value of the ticket. The refund period will be announced in the coming days as we finalize the process with our vendor. We will contact you directly through the email associated with the order.
We've held out as long as we thought we could in hopes that we'd be in a position to get the festival produced in in's normal time slot, but it's unrealistic at this point to think we'll be able to get it in.
30-Apr-2020 / Central District Health Department
Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 30, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,100. Two additional deaths have been reported by the CDHD now bring the total to 37. On Wednesday 10 deaths alone were reported. 7 in Hamilton County and the remaining three in Hall County. To date, there are 9 cases in Merrick County, 49 cases in Hamilton County and 1,042 in Hall County.
30-Apr-2020 / Nebraska State Patrol
APRIL 30, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) —A multi-agency effort, including the Nebraska State Patrol and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Sutton man after an extensive investigation into allegations of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Linus Cloet, 58, of Sutton, was arrested in Clay County this morning on charges of sex trafficking of a minor, child abuse, three counts of pandering, and two counts of solicitation. Cloet was lodged in Clay County Jail.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or other allegations is encouraged to call the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C office at 308-385-6000.
30-Apr-2020 / American Red Cross
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (April 30, 2020) — With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.
The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.
Make an appointment
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15:
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Burlington
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johnson Community Building, 601 Main Street
5/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., City Auditorium, 301 South Main Street
5/5/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., YMCA of the Prairie, 1415 Broadway, PO Box 618
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 110 S. Linden
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.