ABC8: Nebraska rolls out new site for COVID-19 information

ABC8: Nebraska rolls out new site for COVID-19 information. “Governor Pete Ricketts on Wednesday announced a new website dedicated to providing updates about Nebraska’s response to COVID-19. The site… contains information about the virus and a variety of resources including health guidelines, state case information, guidance documents, testing information and more.”

Omaha World-Herald: Ricketts tells local governments they won’t get federal COVID-19 money if they require masks

Omaha World-Herald: Ricketts tells local governments they won’t get federal COVID-19 money if they require masks. “At his regular coronavirus press conferences, Gov. Pete Ricketts makes a point of urging Nebraskans to wear a mask when they go to a store. But when it comes to the state’s 93 courthouses and other local government offices, he doesn’t want local officials to require masks. In fact, he’s told local governments that they won’t receive any of the $100 million in federal COVID-19 money if their “customers” are required to wear masks.”

Panhandle Post: Digital archive features first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine

Panhandle Post: Digital archive features first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine. “The first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine are now available free in digital form online after a three-year collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.”

WJAG: New website lists licensed child care providers in Nebraska

WJAG: New website lists licensed child care providers in Nebraska. “If you need child care and can’t find any, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, a new website may be able to help. Betty Medinger, Senior Vice President of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation says a group of early childhood stakeholders has collaborated to create the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network.”

“What are you hiding?”: Nebraska stops releasing coronavirus data from meat plants after cases spike (Salon)

Salon: “What are you hiding?”: Nebraska stops releasing coronavirus data from meat plants after cases spike. “Nebraska officials stopped releasing data on coronavirus infections at meatpacking plants as cases spiked at multiple facilities run by companies like Tyson and Smithfield. Through the first week of May, Nebraska officials reported 96 infections at a Tyson plant in Madison, 123 at a Smithfield plant in Crete and 237 at a JBS plant in Grand Island. Then the updates abruptly stopped, The Washington Post reported.”

WOWT: Nebraska sets up new education portal; state making headway in COVID-19 unemployment claims

WOWT: Nebraska sets up new education portal; state making headway in COVID-19 unemployment claims. “Dr. Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska’s commissioner of education, on Thursday unveiled of a new website… that will house all the new materials and resources for the upcoming academic year. He said the site will also have details about new protocols for schools and examples of how education will move forward for summer and fall. It will also provide professional learning tools as well as a webinar series on how teachers can make effective use of online learning tools.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New website aims to connect people with support systems

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New website aims to connect people with support systems. “Nebraska visitors to the website can sign up for a free 30-minute consultation with a therapist in the university’s marriage and family therapy program, find social media support groups, and discover other tips and resources to strengthen their mental health and resilience. Project leaders say they hope this website can be a resource for anyone needing assistance, but especially those in rural communities who may not have access to other mental health services.”

News Channel Nebraska: New Website Aims to Help Nebraska Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

News Channel Nebraska: New Website Aims to Help Nebraska Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic. “There’s a new website designed to help Nebraska businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. NebraskaBuyLocal.com lets Nebraska Businesses sell gift cards with one hundred percent of proceeds going back to the business.”

Grand Island Independent (Nebraska): Phase one of Hall County Newspaper Digitization Project completed

Grand Island Independent: Phase one of Hall County Newspaper Digitization Project completed. This is Grand Island, Nebraska. “The newspapers included in the first phase include: Platte Valley Independent (1870-1884); Grand Island Times (1873-1892); Grand Island Independent (1884-1900); Wood River Gazette (1884-1892); Doniphan Eagle (1892-1895); Staats-Anzeiger und Herald (1894-1918); Wood River Interests (1894-1919); and Wood River Sunbeam (1906-2003).”

Nebraska TV: Proposed bill would create statewide database for public health data

Nebraska TV: Proposed bill would create statewide database for public health data. “The bill’s text says the act would create a data infrastructure to maintain electronic health records, where health experts could collect and analyze public health information. LB1058’s text says it would give the Legislature, the Department of Health and Human Services and health care providers accurate information regarding the cost, access and quality of health care in Nebraska.”

Reclaim the Records: Reclaim The Records Wins The Nebraska Death Index (1904-1968)

Reclaim the Records: Reclaim The Records Wins The Nebraska Death Index (1904-1968) . “Earlier this year, one of our board members was noodling around with some Nebraska genealogical research, and he was surprised to realize that there was no source to search for Nebraska deaths. Statewide vital records registration began in Nebraska in late 1904, so their Department of Health certainly had records going back to the early 20th century, but there was no way to search through the index of what they had.”

Education Week Teacher: New Public Data Tool Lets You See What Curricula Schools in Nebraska Are Using

Education Week Teacher: New Public Data Tool Lets You See What Curricula Schools in Nebraska Are Using. “The interactive instructional materials map, which Nebraska’s education department debuted on Thursday, shows what curricula districts are using for English-language arts, math, and K-8 science. The map is a project of the Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative, an ongoing effort to support districts in implementing high-quality, standards-aligned resources.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Google find expands understanding of Nebraska’s icy past

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Google find expands understanding of Nebraska’s icy past. “By analyzing Google Earth images, a trio of Conservation and Survey Division scientists discovered that permafrost was common in northern Nebraska about 26,500 to 19,000 years ago when ice sheets were last at their greatest extent across North America. The discovery adds another dimension to the study of changing climates in Nebraska and the surrounding Great Plains, said Matt Joeckel, director of the Conservation and Survey Division and co-author on the study, which published in the fall edition of Great Plains Research.”

KTIC: Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “Nebraska Strong” Relief Website

KTIC: Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “Nebraska Strong” Relief Website. “On the website, Nebraskans who need relief can log requests for items ranging from housing to tools. Requests will then be reviewed by the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership before being posted. After they are reviewed, they will then be available for fulfillment by members of the public.” The article also includes phone numbers for specific needs – farmers who need feed stuffs, a general questions hotline, etc.