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Left/Top Panel Credit: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Mapping Dashboard by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering
Right/Bottom Panel Credit: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

UNMC COVID-19 in Nebraska Dashboard   DHHS COVID-19 Cases Dashboard
COVID Tracking Project for Nebraska     COVID-19 Projections

Page Index

Official City of North Platte and Departmental Press Releases ^

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Council Meeting Notice – Urging Technology Usage for April 7, 2020 LINK to PDF

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • City Department Status page launched LINK
  • City Hall Announces Restricted Access beginning Thursday, March 19 PDF
  • Library Services FAQ page launched LINK
  • Library Temporarily Closed PDF
  • City Status Press Conference Coverage 10:00 AM KNOP News2 and North Platte Telegraph

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

  • North Platte Public Library (public computers, makerspace, and group cancellations)  PDF
  • City coronavirus information page launched (this page) – created and maintained by Library Administration LINK

Legislation & Declarations ^

Local Timeline ^

Friday, April 3, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 21:15 Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards (irregular updates – local health department has more accurate numbers):
    • Lincoln County 15 confirmed, 1 deaths, 111 negative
    • NE 285 confirmed, 6 deaths, 4,579 negative
    • US 277,828 confirmed, 7,141 deaths
    • Global 1,098,848 confirmed, 58,871 deaths
  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Directed Health Measure for Remaining Counties, Asks Nebraskans to Further Limit Social Interactions. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Gov. Ricketts Reiterates Importance of Social Distancing, Overviews Programs to Aid Businesses, & Announces Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Energy Sector CEOs. Source: White House Remarks
  • Pending CDC guidance, North Platte High School to host graduation in July. Source: NP Telegraph
  • University of Nebraska develops a COVID-19 screening mobile app. Source: KNOP News2
  • School food program changes in North Platte. Source: KNOP News2
  • NPPS volunteers distribute food backpacks for families. Source: KNOP News2
  • North Platte Public School District meal pick up now Monday through Thursday. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Keith County food pantry continues seeking support. Source: KNOP News2
  • First responders taking extra precautions when going into homes. Source: KNOP News2
  • Remembering the pandemic by porch pictures. Source: KNOP News2
  • 4:00 pm White House Press Briefing.  Archived on YouTube.com
  • 2:00 pm Governors Press Briefing. Archived on KNOP News2
  • Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing. Source: White House Remarks
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Call with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of the French Republic. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Great Plains Health says it’s ready if COVID-19 patients surge. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Nebraska to receive $61 million in transit funding through CARES Act. Source: NP Telegraph
  • NCTA graduation ceremony to be held online May 7. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Scooters delivers morning pick-me-up to Great Plains Health employees. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Jobless claims continue to rise across Nebraska. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Nebraskans encouraged to wear red on Fridays to show support for healthcare workers. Source: KNOP News2
  • Salon owners forced to make the decision whether to close shop or not. Source: KNOP News2
  • University of Nebraska to provide beds for COVID-19 patients. Source: KNOP News2
  • Ogallala picking up tab for their frontline workers. Source: KNOP News2
  • Gary’s Super Foods taking extra precautions to keep shoppers, employees safe. Source: KNOP News2
  • Scooters coffee delivers appreciation. Source: KNOP News2

Thursday, April 2, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 18:30 Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards (irregular updates – local health department has more accurate numbers):
    • Lincoln County 13 confirmed, 1 deaths, 108 negative
    • NE 255 confirmed, 5 deaths, 4,294 negative
    • US 242,182 confirmed, 5,850 deaths
    • Global 1,011,490 confirmed, 52,863 deaths
  • Letter from President Donald J. Trump to Senator Charles E. Schumer. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company. Source: White House Presidential Memoranda
  • These 30 Days: How You Can Help. Source: White House News
  • 4:00 pm CT White House Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force. Source: Watch Live   Watch Later
  • Statement from the President Regarding the Defense Production Act. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding the Purchase of Ventilators. Source: White House Presidential Memoranda
  • Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Call with Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Pandemic impact on clinics. Source: KNOP News2
  • Lincoln County Courthouse urges public to utilize online options. Source: KNOP News2
  • CCC using 3D printers to create frames for medical face shields. Source: KNOP News2
  • All NDCS staff to wear masks on the job. Source: KNOP News2
  • Menards bans children, pets in stores due to COVID-19 outbreak. Source: KNOP News2  and Menards.com
  • Governor’s Press Briefing  Watch archived at  Facebook
  • Governor to answer questions during second COVID-19 Town Hall on NET Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 8:30 pm CT. Send in Questions  Watch Live  Source: NP Telegraph
  • Lincoln County issues FAQ to help people still get business done during COVID-19 outbreak. Source: NP Telegraph
  • DHHS announces fifth death from COVID-19 in Nebraska, a Madison County resident. Source: NP Telegraph
  • ‘Grandpa Frank’ remembered for his love, faith, hard work. Source: NP Telegraph
  • North Platte officials ask citizens to voluntarily comply with governor’s ‘directed health measure’. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Game and Parks closing overnight camping April 6-May 8. Source: KNOP News2
  • Drive-Thru Food Drives organized for North Platte, Ogallala. Source: KNOP News2
  • NSAA cancels remainder of Spring events. Source: KNOP News2
  • City of North Platte launches Report COVID-19 Directed Health Measure Violation Form   Source: LINK
  • Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing. Source: White House Remarks

Wednesday, April 1, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 18:30 Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards (irregular updates – local health department has more accurate numbers):
    • Lincoln County 9 confirmed, 1 deaths, 82 negative
    • NE 214 confirmed, 4 deaths, 3,590 negative
    • US 213,372 confirmed, 4,757 deaths
    • Global 932,605 confirmed, 46,809 deaths
  • Lincoln County included in a Directed Health Measure starts at 10:00 pm. Source: KNOP News2  Facebook Watch
  • Nebraska schools directed to close to students through May under new DHM. Source: KNOP News2
  • City leaders hold emergency press conference in North Platte. Source: KNOP News2
  • Lincoln County’s COVID-19 Cases have Increased to 12; Community Spread Confirmed  Source:  WCDHD Press Release
  • NP Mayor names three for second round interviews. Source: KNOP News
  • Great Plains Health offers drive-up COVID testing (requires order from medical provider). Source: KNOP New2
  • Local gas stations and convenience stores taking sanitary precautions for its customers. Source: KNOP News2
  • Nonprofits fundraise to support community job loss. Source: KNOP News2
  • White House Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force. Source: Periscope TV
  • White House: A Million American Lives Are Worth Fighting For. Source: White House News Feed
  • Governor Ricketts Thanks Telecom Companies for Stepping Up in Response to COVID-19. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Governor Press Conference:  Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order for Online Notary Services, Emphasizes Importance of Social Distancing in Stores. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing. Source: White House Press Briefings
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Presidential Message on National Financial Capability Month, 2020. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Gov. Ricketts Announces 11 Counties in South-Central Nebraska Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure. Source: Governor Press Release
  • North Platte City Council to debut electronic, remote meeting format Wednesday. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Keep your car clean to reduce risk from coronavirus. What to clean and how often. Source: NP Telegraph
  • North Platte business leaders hear from health professionals, learn about resources available to them. Source: NP Telegraph
  • UNK relocating, consolidating students to pair of residence halls. Source: NP Telegraph
  • First COVID-19 death in Buffalo County reported. Source: KNOP News2
  • Continuing progress in improving downtown. Source: KNOP News2
  • Dance studio going virtual with its dance classes. Source: KNOP News2
  • Teachers continue passion for teaching in alternative ways. KNOP News2
  • Million dollar LARM Assistance Program for volunteer firefighters impacted by COVID-19. Source: KNOP News2
  • NE Buy Local (https://shop.nebraskabuylocal.com/) Helping to Support Local Businesses. Source: KNOP News2

Tuesday, March 31, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 18:30 Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards:
    • Lincoln County 5 confirmed, 1 deaths, 66 negative
    • NE 177 confirmed, 3 deaths, 3,025 negative
    • US 186,265 confirmed, 3,810 deaths
    • Global 855,007 confirmed, 42,032 deaths
  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Executive Order Giving Flexibility to Healthcare Facilities, Announces Safety Guidelines for Nursing Homes. Source: Governor Press Release
  • White House Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force. Source: Periscope TV
  • 3D Printing Guidelines, FAQ, and COVID-19 Tested Models. Source: FDA 3D Printing FAQ     NIH 3D COVID-19 3D Printing Models Exchange
  • 2:00 pm Governors Press Conference. Watch LIVE on netNebraska.org
  • White House Memorandum on Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Source: White House Presidential Memoranda
  • North Platte City Council to connect via cyberspace for Wednesday meeting. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive? Source: NP Telegraph
  • UNL, UNO, UNMC and UNK won’t hold traditional graduation ceremonies in May. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Vanderheiden: Source of infection in Lincoln County’s fatal COVID-19 case being investigated. Source: NP Telegraph
  • COVID-19 Business Resources. Source: North Platte Area Chamber and Development

Monday, March 30, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 18:30 Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards:
    • Lincoln County 5 confirmed, 0 deaths, 66 negative
    • NE 153 confirmed, 2 deaths, 2,724 negative
    • US 161,807 confirmed, 2,978 deaths
    • Global 72,319 confirmed, 37,582 deaths
  • Guidance for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Source: Department of Homeland Security
  • North Platte family grateful mom could be with dad. Source: KNOP News2
  • Coronavirus Update from Local Health Department. Source: KNOP News2
  • Lincoln County man dies from COVID-19 (first death in Lincoln County reported). Source: KNOP News2    DHHS News Release
  • Governor issues Executive Order to limit non-resident spring turkey hunter permits from unlimited to zero. Source: Governor Executive Orders
  • Gov. Ricketts Extends Statewide Social Distancing Restrictions Until April 30th & Details New Unemployment Programs. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing. Source: White House Remarks
  • Governor issues proclamation that every Tuesday from March 31, 2020 through April 28, 2020 as TAKE OUT TUESDAY. Source: Twitter @GovRicketts
  • Governor Announces Panhandle Counties Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure. Source: Governor Press Release
  • White House Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force. Source: Periscope TV
  • Local WIC Offices Offer Flexibility During COVID-19 Pandemic. Source: DHHS Press Release
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • West Central District to take local preventative measures. Source: KNOP News2
  • Governor Press Briefing – Social Distancing Rules continue until April 30, 2020 – but DHMs in counties take precedence, issued new guidance for homeless shelters, and CARES Act Unemployment benefits. Q&A: Pandemic Bench Book (PDF) guide to keep the courts operating to administer justice in a timely manner, Nebraska is a leader. Need to file for Unemployment to obtain CARE compensation and cannot qualify for other unemployment programs. Encouraging Short-Term Compensation (Work Sharing) programs. See fact sheet at NELP for additional clarification. Source:  1011now.com
  • Federal SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Loan Application Available. Source: SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
  • President Proclamation on National Doctors Day, 2020. Source: White House Proclamations
  • Great Plains Health no longer accepting visitors. Source: KNOP News2
  • Dollar General offering discount to medical personnel, first responders. Source: KNOP News2

Sunday, March 29, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 18:30  Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards:
    • Lincoln County 5 confirmed, 0 deaths, 65 negative
    • NE 120 confirmed, 2 deaths, 2,221 negative
    • US 139,675 confirmed, 2,436 deaths
    • Global 718,685 confirmed, 33,881 deaths
  • Scotts Bluff County Reports First Case of COVID-19. Source: DHHS News Release
  • Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing. Source: White House Remarks
  • Text of a Letter from the Vice President to Hospital Administrators. Source: White House Statement
  • Abbott announces point of care test that takes 5-15 minutes. Source: Abbott Press Release
  • White House Press Briefing: New rapid tests being deployed, building new hospitals in targeted areas in record time, and extending Coronavirus Guidelines for America until April 30, 2020 . Source: White House Periscope TV
  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Burt, Cuming, Madison, & Stanton Counties Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure.  Source: Governor Press Release
  • Study: Transmission Potential of SARS-CoV-2 in Viral Shedding Observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Pre-Publication Article PDF  Source: MedRxiv.org
  • Two hospitalized in North Platte with COVID-19. Source: KNOP News2
  • How rural communities are coping with COVID-19 crisis.  Source: NP Telegraph

Saturday, March 28, 2020  ^

  • Case Update: NE 108 confirmed, 2 deaths; US 124,665 confirmed, 2,191 deaths; Global 664,924 confirmed, 30,852 deaths. Source: DHHS and JHU Dashboards
  • Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19. Source: White House Presidential Actions
  • President Donald J. Trump Approves Colorado Disaster Declaration. Source: White House Statement
  • NSAA evaluating spring season possibilities. Source: KNOP News2
  • Giving Granny Offers Groovy Baby Cart to Help Moms. Source: KNOP News2   NP Telegraph
  • Remarks by President Trump at Naval Station Norfolk Send-Off for USNS Comfort | Norfolk, VA. Source: White House Remarks
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure. Source: White House Remarks
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure. Source: White House Remarks
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. Source: White House Statements & Releases
  • Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing. Source: White House Remarks
  • Gov. Ricketts Announces Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York Counties Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure. Source: Governor Press Release

Friday, March 27, 2020  ^

Thursday, March 26, 2020  ^

  • 7:00 pm Town Hall with Governor Ricketts. Archived Coverage. Source: netNebraska.org
  • Case Update 18:30: NE 74 confirmed, 0 deaths; US 83,507 (highest country globally) confirmed, 1,201 deaths; Global 529,093 confirmed, 23,956 deaths. Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard 
  • Symptomatic people question why they are denied COVID-19 tests. Source: KNOP News2
  • White House Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing. Source: YouTube  White House Remarks
  • Governor Issues Executive Order Allowing Takeout for Mixed Drinks with Lids. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Governor Issues Executive Order to Expand Childcare Access, Announces May 12th Election Will Proceed as Scheduled. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Governors Press Conference included unemployment numbers, primary election information, new DHM and executive order applying to temporary day care facilities. Source: 1011now.com
  • Union Pacific donates 6,600 masks to Nebraska Medicine. Source: KNOP News2  and  NP Telegraph
  • Maywood Public School delivering a little extra. Source: KNOP News2
  • Nearly 16,000 Nebraskans file unemployment claims due to COVID-19. Source: KNOP News2
  • Nebraska Medical Association is putting out call for medical supplies. Source: NP Telegraph
  • MPCC board of governors approve picnic shelter project bid via teleconference from across the area. Source: NP Telegraph
  • US jobless claims soar to 3.3 million, quadruple prior record as COVID-19 pandemic hits hard. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Highlights of Congress’ $2.2 trillion virus relief package. What it means for you. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Virus briefing: U.S. deaths top 1,000 while aid plan advances. Here are this morning’s updates. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Watch: Photographer uses drone to capture hilarious and heartwarming images of families quarantined at home. Source: NP Telegraph

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  ^

  • Case Update 21:30: NE 71 confirmed, 0 deaths; US 68,572 confirmed, 1,031 deaths; Global 470,973 confirmed, 21,276 deaths. Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard 
  • Education commissioner recommends schools should remain closed through end of school year. Source: KNOP News2
  • White House Press Briefing with Coronavirus Task Force. Source: Periscope TV   and    White House Remarks
  • Governor Thanks Legislature for Approving COVID-19 Emergency Funds, Temporarily Suspends Evictions for Impacted Nebraskans. Source: Governor Press Release
  • State Legislature approves emergency coronavirus funding. Source: Unicameral Update
  • Governor adds Lancaster, Saunders, Dodge counties to directed health measure. Source: KNOP News2
  • Governor Ricketts Press Briefing…watch the archived video on KNOP News2 or Facebook @GovernorPeteRicketts
  • Gov. Ricketts Encourages Business Flexibility during COVID-19 Emergency. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Library Administration participated in phone conference call with WCDHD concerning curbside service. No curbside service for now. Source: Library Administration
  • Coronavirus brief: Life during ‘wartime,’ and other news and perspectives you can use today. Source: NP Telegraph
  • NCTA to offer all classes remotely beginning Monday. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Canteen supports community with soup. Source: KNOP News2
  • Great Plains prepares for anticipated supply needs. Source: KNOP News2
  • White House Nurses on the Front Lines of Coronavirus and new testing guidelines. Source: Twitter @WhiteHouse

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 ^

Monday, March 23, 2020 ^

  • Case Update: NE 52 confirmed, 0 deaths; US 43,901 confirmed, 557 deaths; World 378,601 confirmed, 16,505 deaths. Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard OpenData Project
  • Ohio issues Stay at Home Order from March 23 through April 6. Source: Ohio Governor FAQ
  • White House issues Executive Order on Preventing Hoarding of Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19. Source: White House Presidential Actions
  • Lincoln County Courthouse locked to general public for safety. Source: KNOP News2
  • Governor Announces Extended Tax Deadline for Nebraska now matches Federal as July 15, 2020, Overviews the State’s Continuity Plans. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Readout from the Vice President’s Video Teleconference with Governors on the Partnership to Prepare, Mitigate and Respond to COVID-19. Source: White House Statement
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Press Gaggle. Source: White House Remarks
  • White House Remarks by Vice President Pence Before a Video Teleconference with Governors on Partnership to Prepare, Mitigate, and Respond to COVID-19. Source: White House Remarks
  • Governor Calls on Nebraskans to Donate Blood. Source: Governor Press Release
  • President is Committed to Supporting Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus. Source: White House Fact Sheet
  • Lincoln County Detention Center remodel project approved. Source: KNOP News2
  • Governor Press Conference about income security and support of employees, agriculture and ethanol production response, and Q&A including discussion of the state plan.  Source: 1011now.com
  • City and North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corp. announces March 25, 2020 Quality Growth Fund Meeting. Source: Quality Growth Fund (LB804) Citizen’s Review Committee
  • White House Announces New Partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources to Fight COVID-19. Source: White House Statement

Sunday, March 22, 2020 ^

Saturday, March 21, 2020 ^

Friday, March 20, 2020 ^

  • White House issues Memorandum on the Delegation of Functions Under 31 U.S.C. 5302. Source: White House Presidential Actions
  • Governor Announces Eligibility of Nebraska Businesses to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans Source: Governor Press Release
  • Case Update 1830: NE: 37 confirmed, 0 deaths, 0 recovered; US: 19,101 confirmed, 244 deaths, 147 recovered; Global: 272,167 confirmed, 11,299 deaths, 87,403 recovered. Source: Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard
  • North Platte Catholic Schools closed through April 3, will re-evaluate in the future. Source: NP Telegraph and KNOP News2
  • President and Coronavirus Task Force announce more actions: Tax filing day is now July 15, federal student loan payments suspended for 60 days, and US border travel restrictions. Source: White House Briefing
  • Governor Daily Briefing coverage. Today there are 33 cases, first in Lincoln. Testing questions, processing takes time, we have enough supplies. Currently can process 100 tests at state lab and 100 tests at UNMC lab per day. If you have symptoms, stay home for 14 days plus 72 hours symptom free. Water supply is safe from this virus. Source: KNOP News2
  • White House Memorandum on the Delegation of Functions Under 31 U.S.C. 5302. Source: White House Memorandum
  • President taking steps to marshal private sector as part of the Defense Protection Act (PDF). Source: KNOP News2
  • President taking actions to restrict all north (Canada) and south (Mexico) borders to essential only traffic. Source: White House Fact Sheet
  • Interstates and roads reopen after blizzard conditions, updated at noon. Source: 511 Nebraska DOT
  • Local news coverage of press conference with WCDHD and North Platte Public School District. Source: KNOP News2
  • Public Transit provides limited services (Mon-Fri 8-5 Medical and Grocery only) NP Telegraph
  • Wallace students cleared lockers, received computers for online home instruction. Source: NP Telegraph
  • The following roadways are closed westbound from North Platte: I-80 and US30. Additional west NE closures include: I-76, US385 between Sidney and Bridgeport, County 45 between Kimball and Gering, and NE71 to WY15 between Bridgeport and WY border. Multiple accidents and fully covered roads reported. Source: 511 Nebraska DOT

Thursday, March 19, 2020 ^

  • Case update: NE 32 cases, 240 negative; CDC US 10,442 cases, 150 deaths; WHO Global 209,839 cases, 8,778 deaths. Source: NE DHHS, CDC, and WHO situational reports.
  • I-80 and I-76 eastbound at the Wyoming and Colorado borders and westbound at North Platte closed due to snow and blizzard conditions at 7:30 pm. Source: 511 Nebraska DOT
  • North Platte School District cancels on campus in-person classes for the rest of the school year. Source: NP Telegraph
  • Two more cases test positive in Lincoln County. Source: KNOP News2 and NP Telegraph
  • White House teleconference with Governors Briefing. Source: White House Briefing
  • Federal Coronavirus Taskforce Briefing. Source: White House Briefing
  • President signs H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Source: White House Briefing
  • Governor issues Executive Order 20-06 providing relief to restaurants and bars  PDF. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Governor issues Executive Order 20-05 for extension for drivers license and vehicle registration renewals that expire after March 1, 2020 to remain in effect for 30 days after the order is lifted  PDF. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Governor issues Directed Health Measure (DHM) for Cass, Douglas, Washington and Sarpy Counties. Source: Governor Press Release
  • White House briefing update coverage. Source: KNOP News2
  • Some local businesses and suppliers are tightening hours further. Check with your destination before going and only go if you absolutely must. Source: Local News Media

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ^

  • Case Info: NE 27 cases, 240 negative; CDC US 7,038 cases, 97 deaths; WHO Global 207,860 cases, 8,657 deaths. Source: NE DHHS, CDC, and WHO Daily Situation Reports
  • Lincoln County Courthouse, open for business – closed to general public. Source: KNOP News2 and NP Telegraph
  • City Hall begins Restricted Access starting tomorrow (Thursday 3/19) Source: City Administration
  • Governors Briefing Update 2:00 pm. Breaking 10 person group rule is a misdemeanor in Douglas county, discourages statewide unnecessary travel, please comply to stop the spread. KNOP News2
  • President Issues Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of Covid-19. Source: WH Presidential Actions
  • Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response. Source: White House Briefing
  • Library starts services FAQ page to help answer questions we are getting about library services during the outbreak. Source: Link
  • City Status Press Conference Coverage 10:00 AM Rec Center closed. Senior Center closed – meal delivery is happening. Library closed to face to face traffic – online services and reference by phone, email and facebook. Public Transit services suspended. ML&W request using drive thru, phone, and online. KNOP News2 and NP Telegraph

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 ^

  • Nebraska DHHS case count: 24 cases, 206 negative, first Lincoln County positive (this information updates versus archives, so we are randomly tracking spread in this timeline) CDC reports 4,226 cases and 75 deaths in US. WHO reports 184,975 confirmed, 7,529 deaths globally. Source: Nebraska DHHS, CDC, and WHO
  • Senior Center congregate meals suspend, meal delivery to doors continue. Source: KNOP News2
  • Library starts returned materials quarantine procedures to reduce the chance of transmission through library materials. Source: Library Administration, ALA/NDCC, and NEJM.
  • Governor issues Executive Order 20-04 Corona Virus – Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefit Relief  PDF.  Source: Nebraska Government Docs
  • Governor issues Executive Order 20-03 to give public boards the flexibility to hold virtual meetings  PDF. Source: Governor Press Release
  • Municipal Light & Water encourage customers to use online bill pay, pay by phone, and drive thru service. All City Departments remain OPEN. Source: City of North Platte
  • City Information Systems Department issues internal notification favoring remote assistance and maintenance operations when possible to limit contact with other employees. Source: Les Green, Director of Information Systems
  • City of North Platte holds press conference on community status. Source: North Platte Telegraph and KNOP News2

Monday, March 16, 2020 ^

Sunday, March 15, 2020 ^

  • North Platte Public Schools, St. Patrick’s Catholic Schools, and Mid-Plains Community College announce closures starting March 16th. Source: Local News Media
  • Cases in Nebraska stand at 3 confirmed positive and 14 presumptive presumptive with 170 testing negative. Source: Nebraska DHHS Coronavirus Information Page on 15 MAR 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020 ^

Friday, March 13, 2020 ^

Thursday, March 12, 2020 ^

  • North Platte Public Library distributes CustomGuide Cirriculum’s Coronavirus Quick Reference Guide. Source: Library Administration and CustomGuide.com
  • Repurposing therapeutics for COVID-19 – using supercomputer SUMMIT to tackle finding compounds that might help treat and kill the virus.  (updating content – science article). Source: ChemRxiv

Wednesday, March 11, 2020  ^

  • President issues Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available. Source: Federal Register

Saturday, March 7, 2020

  • People participating or spectating the 29 FEB Special Olympics events at the Fremont YMCA are asked to voluntary self-quarantine for one week. Source: Nebraska DHHS Press Release

Friday, March 6, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Official Sources of Information ^

Local ^

State ^

Federal ^

Global ^

Related Topics Information ^

Shareable Resources ^

PAHO: COVID-19 Infographic  PDF-English

IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief – If you owe Federal taxes on April 15, 2020, you now can pay without penalty until July 15, 2020. PDF-English

NE DHHS: General Guidance and Testing Information for Nebraskans PDF-English
NE DHHS: Nebraska Screening and Testing Information PDF-English

White House: Coronavirus Guidelines for America 3.16.2020  PDF-English   PDF-Español

CDC: Share Facts About COVID-19 PDF – English | PDF – Español
CDC: What You Need to Know         PDF – English | PDF – Español
CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick   PDF – English | PDF – Español
CDC: Symptoms Poster                      PDF – English | PDF – Español
CDC: Stop the Spread of Germs Poster  PDF – English | PDF – Español

WHO: Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak   PDF – English

SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks  PDF-English

NASP: Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource  Link

CustomGuide Quick Reference Guide distributed by NPPL  PDF

Local Media Sources of Information ^

KNOP: News2 Nebraska NBC
North Platte Telegraph
North Platte Bulletin
North Platte Post
netNebraska.org PBS
KOLN / KGIN Television CBS
NTV Nebraska ABC
KLKN Television ABC
FOX Nebraska FOX
Local Radio Stations:

  • KJTF 89.3 FM Gospel Music
  • KFJS 90.1 FM Religious
  • KPNE 91.7 FM Public Radio
  • K223CQ KODY-AM 92.5 FM News/Talk
  • K232EC KHZY 94.3 FM Christian Contemporary
  • KJLT 94.9 FM Christian Contemporary
  • K239CI (KJLT-AM) 95.7 FM Religious
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  • K251CP (KOOQ-AM) 98.1 FM Classic Hits
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Organization and Other Abbreviations ^

ALA: American Library Association
AVMA: American Veterinary Medical Assocation
CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CO: County
COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease 2019
DED: Department of Economic Development
DHHS: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
DHM: Directed Health Measure
DHS: Department of Homeland Security
DOL: Department of Labor
DOT: Department of Transportation
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
FSA: Farm Service Agency
GPH: Great Plains Health
HR: House of Representatives
IHME: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (University of Washington)
IOC: International Olympic Committee
IRS: Internal Revenue Service
JHU: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard
NALHD: Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NASP: National Association of School Psychologists
NCTA: Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
NDCC: Northeast Document Conservation Center
NDCS: Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
NDE: Nebraska Department of Education
NE: Nebraska
NEJM: New England Journal of Medicine
NELP: National Employment Law Project
NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIH: National Institutes of Health
NP: North Platte
NPPS: North Platte Public Schools
NPPSD: North Platte Public Schools District
NSSA: Nebraska School Activities Association
PAHO: Pan American Health Organization
PEUC: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (CARES Act)
PUA: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (CARES Act)
PUC: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (CARES Act)
PDF: Portable Document File (Requires Free Adobe Reader Software)
RSVP: Ready to Serve Volunteer Program
S: Senate
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SARS-CoV-2: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
SBA: Small Business Administration
STC: Short Time Compensation (CARES Act)
UNMC: University of Nebraska Medical Center
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
WCDHD: West Central District Health Department
WH: White House
WHO: World Health Organization
WIC: Women, Infants, and Children (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

Naming of the Virus: ^

The 2019 novel coronavirus got the official name of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on February 12, 2020 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The World Health Organization has been referring to it as COVID-19, which is an abbreviation of coronavirus disease 2019. Source: NEJM Journal Watch

The COVID-19 virus genome was sequenced by Chinese Scientists and announced February 25, 2020. Source: Asian Scientist

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