(WOWT) — Here’s a review of Thursday’s local, state, and national developments in the COVID-19 outbreak:
9:46 p.m. — Nebraska DHHS reports state’s 11th case.
9:29 p.m. — Staying in a release that it was following the example of Omaha Public Schools, Kaneko announced it will close its galleries and postpone all public and private gatherings, beginning Saturday. Staff will work “mostly from home,” the release states, and events will be rescheduled “at some point yet to be determined.”
8:02 p.m. — Omaha Metro has canceled the last ORBT open house, scheduled for Saturday. [INFO]
6:15 p.m. — OPS students won’t return from Spring Break on Monday as planned. OPS will be closed for one week.
5:54 p.m. — OPPD will also suspend disconnections. The utility’s moratorium is slated to end April 30.
4 p.m. — Stocks tanked hard Thursday as the Dow plunged more than 2,300 points, or 10%. It was the biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987.
5:28 p.m. — Bennington Public Schools have canceled classes Friday. A determination about classes next week is pending, a district spokesman told 6 News.
5:02 p.m. — The Douglas County Health Department announced two more exposure locations, calling them “low-risk”: a Subway shop inside Walmart in Council Bluffs, and PepperJax Grill in downtown Omaha.
4:58 p.m. — Starbucks is pondering limiting seating and even closing stores, restricting customers to app and drive-throughs orders only.
4:50 p.m. — Papillion-La Vista Community Schools will close for Spring Break three days early. Spring Break is slated to end March
4:49 p.m. — Elkhorn Public Schools will be closed from 6 p.m. Thursday until March 23. All events slated throughout the district during this time will also be canceled.
4:45 p.m. — The Metropolitan Utilities District announced they will no longer disconnect water services for non-payment until further notice to encourage hygiene.
4:22 p.m. — In an effort to sustain clean-water access as officials encourage frequent hand-washing and good hygiene to help stop the spread of coronavirus, M.U.D. is suspending disconnection of services for non-payment.
4:22 p.m. — Creighton University cancels in-person classes next week, resuming them online March 23. Next week’s online classes will continue as planned.
3:49 p.m. — Disneyland is closing its California theme parks for the rest of March starting Saturday.
3:17 p.m. — Big Ten cancels all conference and non-conference competitions for the remainder of the academic year, including those sports that compete into the summer months. Recruiting has also been suspended.
3:07 p.m. — NCAA has canceled all remaining winter and spring championships, effectively ending March Madness and the College World Series. Cancelling the CWS will cost the City of Omaha millions in revenue. [DETAILS]
2:59 p.m. — Major League baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks.
2:38 p.m. — Werner Perk suspends all activities, including Omaha Storm Chasers games.
2:30 p.m. — CHI Health officials said at a news conference that out of 25,000 who filled out their online coronavirus symptom assessment, 22 were identified as needed further testing. Also, the hospital system is offering its virtual care visits for free.
2:28 p.m. — Imposed travel restrictions are impacting a joint-mission to Mars, set to launch later this year. The ExoMars mission is now set for 2022.
2:28 p.m. — UNO suspends its athletics, including this weekend’s three-game hockey series against Denver, until further notice.
2:25 p.m. — Approaching a four-day recess, Nebraska lawmakers say they are considering extending the break.
2:17 p.m. — Country musician Blake Shelton has canceled his concert, slated for tonight at CHI Health Center.
Omaha, I’m here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons – chiefly everyone’s safety and well-being – we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 12, 2020
1:57 p.m. — After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people, Broadway theaters announced that they would close immediately and remain dark through April 12.
1:16 p.m. — Omaha’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled, but the party is still on. [DETAILS]
12:36 p.m. — Citing concerns about the close proximity to NBA facilities after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, the NHL has suspended its season.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020
12:09 p.m. — The Big East Conference canceled its men’s basketball tournament in the middle of the Creighton University game against St. John’s.
— BIG EAST Conference (@BIGEAST) March 12, 2020
11:37 a.m. — The Lumineers have delayed this weekend’s scheduled concert at CHI Health Center to Sept. 22.
The health and safety of our fans and the people who work with us is our greatest concern. So, due to the escalating COVID-19 health concerns, we need to reschedule our upcoming shows in St Paul and Omaha. For full info click the photo below. pic.twitter.com/Ylw2ueFsSm
— The Lumineers (@thelumineers) March 12, 2020
10:45 a.m. — Big Ten Conference has canceled its men’s basketball tournament over COVID-19 concerns. The announcement at nearly the same time as an identical alert for the SEC. [DETAILS]
11:22 a.m. — Nebraska Athletics closes all home events to the public and cancels Junior Day, scheduled for Saturday. Spring football practice will continue, but no decision has made yet about the Red-White Spring Game slated in April. [DETAILS]
9:11 a.m. — Delta Air Lines will issue waivers for Europe travelers.
8:48 a.m. — Congress shuts down U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings to public until April 1st.
8:45 a.m. — Princess Cruises suspending global operations for 60 days.
8:41 a.m. — Stock trading temporarily halted on Wall Street after market plunge; S&P 500 falls 7%.
8:24 a.m. — Hours after he was diagnosed with Influenza A, Nebraska Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg released statement on Twitter:
— Fred Hoiberg (@CoachHoiberg) March 12, 2020
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