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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 211 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today, a 3-fold increase from one week ago today when we reported 68 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Confirmed case totals by county are as follows:  Merrick County now has 3 cases, Hamilton County has 11, and Hall County has 197. The age of those with positive results ranges from 11 to 88 with an average age of 45.


We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger and healthier.

Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line at 402-552-6645.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has seen almost 800 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state health department on Sunday reported 790 cases on Sunday. That's up 90 from the number reported Saturday. Seventeen people have died from the illness. The uptick came as some churchgoers attended drive-in Easter services from their cars to ensure social distancing. 

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BEATRICE, Neb.  - The Nebraska State Patrol has identified a person killed in a two-vehicle crash just north of Beatrice late last week. The crash happened late Friday morning on U.S. Highway 77, about six miles north of Beatrice, when a car clipped a pickup truck, overcorrected, then went off the highway.  The patrol says the car rolled into a field, killing the driver, 23-year-old Corey Summers, of Omaha. Officials say two others involved in the crash were taken to a Lincoln hospital in stable condition.

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 150 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12 p.m. today.  Merrick County has 2 cases, Hamilton County has 10, and Hall County has 138. Yesterday, we reported a total of 140 lab-confirmed cases.

 Tomorrow is a time when families and friends generally come together in celebration. We strongly advise you against coming in contact with anyone other than household members. Stay home. Connect electronically. Do not be a part of spreading the virus to loved ones.

Take a moment to check out our newly created CDHD COVID-19 Dashboard on our website: cdhd.ne.gov. This dashboard will be updated daily.

 We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger and healthier. In order to give our staff a much-deserved break, we will not be in the office on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Please direct any calls to the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports two COVID-19 related deaths today, one male and one female.  Both were in their 70’s and from a long-term care facility. Both died at a hospital in Hall County.

We express sympathy to the families of these individuals.

Additionally, we report a total of 140 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today.  Merrick County has 2 cases, Hamilton County has 9, and Hall County has 129.  The total number includes 35 new lab-confirmed cases today.  

We are at a critical point now that will last through the next few weeks.  How we get through this time frame is up to each of us working individually and together as a community.  Unless you are a “critical infrastructure employee”, stay home.

 

STAY HOME.

 

STAY HEALTHY.

 

STAY CONNECTED.

 

We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Legislature’s budget-writing committee is bracing for a sharp drop in tax revenue that could affect the state for the next three years. Sen. John Stinner, head of the Appropriations Committee, made the comments in a webinar hosted by the Platte Institute, a Nebraska think tank. Stinner says he can’t predict how the coronavirus outbreak will affect the state’s finances, but he speculates that it could force lawmakers to shelve any bill that costs money, including property tax measures and a business incentive package.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has ordered the closure of all salons, tattoo parlors and strip clubs and announced the cancellation of organized group sports until May 31, expanding an order that was already in place in the state’s biggest cities. Ricketts says the executive order was intended to bring consistency to a patchwork of mandates from local public health departments. Salons in Omaha, Lincoln and many surrounding communities have been closed since late last month, but some of those businesses had been allowed to remain open in other parts of the state.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State health officials say another COVID-19 death has been reported in Nebraska, bringing the state's total to 15. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release late Thursday that the death, reported out of the Omaha area, was a woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions. The department also reported that Burt County in northeastern Nebraska and Polk County in east-central Nebraska both reported their first cases of the virus on Thursday. As of Friday morning, the state reported 577 cases of COVID-19 and more than 8,250 testing negative for the disease.

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Grand Island Public Schools will provide 125 Verizon Jetpacks to identified families in an effort to ensure equity and access to all students for eLearning.


GIPS identified four priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic: eLearning, food distribution, social emotional and mental health supports, and equity and access. The district worked to address the digital divide and close the connectivity gap so all students could participate in eLearning. 


“Internet connectivity for our students is crucial to us at this time,” Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said. “We knew it was up to us to make the necessary decision to provide these resources so our students can stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.”


Internet connectivity should no longer be a barrier to learning. Dr. Grover said the district is counting on students to learn the contents and continue to thrive.


“While we aren’t counting grades in the gradebooks,” Grover said, “we are counting on students learning the content we are teaching and being ready to move forward when we start school in the fall.”


Principals identified students who didn’t have internet access at home. The principals will contact the families and arrange a time to pick up the Jetpack at their school, with no face-to-face contact. Families who still may be in need of the internet for their student may contact their principal, social worker or counselor.


Cory Gearhart, Executive Director of Information Technology, said providing Jetpacks is one thing that can help remove a barrier for students.


“Teachers are having to use many different resources online so students can continue learning. The lack of internet at home for some families is a barrier to their child’s ability to maintain and grow in their learning,” Gearhart said.


Dr. Jonathan Doll, Chief Data Analyst and Organizational Strategist, said internet access has never been a problem when students were in the school building, so the district doesn’t want it to be a problem in the eLearning environment.


Dr. Toni Palmer, Chief of Leadership and Learning, said providing Jetpacks to students opens the door for new types of learning for all students.


“The classroom has transformed from brick and mortar to the virtual environment,” Palmer said. “Although teachers are still focusing on essential standards, they have to plan activities and engagement in creative and innovative ways through online tools and resources.”


“It’s important for our students to stay connected to their teachers and peers during this time,” Palmer said. “Not only for continued learning, but to maintain connections and support.”


Dr. Grover said students and families should know that they can count on GIPS for access and the opportunity to continue learning. 


“During the year, students could come up to the campus and take advantage of wifi. This is simply not a solution during this time,” Grover said. “We want to protect students and honor social distancing. These Jetpacks extend our reach and keep kids safe.” 


It’s an issue bigger than eLearning, she said.


“Internet connectivity is so crucial because even though our daily face-to-face opportunities are not possible at this time, when a student is able to see their friends, classmates, teachers - even if it is over the screen - it brings them joy and helps them overcome social isolation,” Dr. Grover said. “We want to bring them hope and possibly the strength they need to thrive and survive this pandemic.” 


“While our methods may have changed, our mission remains constant to every student, every day a  success.” 


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UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Players are still discussing with their union whether to ask for cancellation of all preseason games, according to two people familiar with their thinking. The pandemic forced teams to conduct their entire offseason programs via videoconference. So, teams will be gathering together for the first time when training camps open July 28.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been freed from prison after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19.” The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia.

LONDON (AP) — The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London. The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day. Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.” Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday.

UNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York. Track president Michael Printup says most of the employees who were furloughed because of the pandemic have returned to work. Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.

NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton this week told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.

NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no longer play the Yankees this season. The new opponent, first reported by The Des Moines Register, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the arrangements who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the matchup has not been announced. Major League Baseball hopes to announce its new schedule next week.

UNDATED (AP) —The tour’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018.

UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.





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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues president Pat O’Conner says the leagues “don’t have national TV revenues.” O’Conner estimated 85-90% of revenue was related to ticket money, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive, just an IL trip. MLB’s operations manual says a positive test and exhibiting symptoms that require isolation for additional assessment or exposure to someone who has had the virus are cause for placement on the new COVID-19.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the 25-year-old Mateo, who will be added to the player pool for the resumption of spring training. The Padres are scheduled to have their first workout Friday at Petco Park.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others. Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws. The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant posted and deleted an Instagram photo suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. Morant then apologized, saying the post didn’t “accurately convey” what he wanted to share. Morant said he knows “there are good cops” out there. The league, Nike and the players association are reportedly working on a deal that would allow players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with social justice statements.




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WASHINGTON (AP) — The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals will be without at least two holdovers from last year’s team. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team supports Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play the 60-game season that’s set to start in late July. Zimmerman cites family health concerns.

TORONTO (AP) — The premier of Ontario says Major League Baseball is close to winning approval to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says city, provincial and federal authorities “kind of gave their approval,” but the Toronto Blue Jays are waiting for a letter of support from the federal government. MLB requires an exemption, as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center DeAndre Jordan say they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Dinwiddie told The Athletic he is experiencing symptoms and it is unclear if he can play when the NBA season resumes. He has played well this season with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup because of injuries. At least six Nets players have tested positive. The other four were in March, with Kevin Durant saying he was among them.

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall will not join the Washington Wizards for the resumption of the NBA season this summer, ending the chances of the five-time All-Star guard playing his first game since 2018. General manager Tommy Sheppard effectively ruled out Wall returning this season when he said Monday that the 29-year-old wouldn’t be part of the Wizards’ traveling party to Central Florida. Among the factors in the decision was a cap of 35 people per team in the quarantined bubble at Walt Disney World. The COVID-19 pandemic also hindered Wall’s progress in his rehab from multiple surgeries.

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — PGA veteran Nick Watney says it’s not the greatest feeling to be known as the first Tour player to test positive for the new coronavirus. In his first interview since the June 19 test at the RBC Heritage, Watney says he hasn’t had a fever, coughing or shortness of breath. He says he only felt a little fatigue and a lot of boredom. Monday was the 10th day of his self-isolation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. That’s the minimum time for players who test positive. Watney says he’ll give it an extra day before driving 17 hours home to Austin, Texas. Also Monday, Harris English tested positive at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.




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Saturday, June 27th (Kearney, NE) 

Final - Millard West 12, Grand Island Home Federal 3 (6 Innings) 

Grand Island now 6-5 on the year. Back in action Monday, June 29th at Columbus for a double header at 5pm & 7pm. Both games will air live on KRGI 1430 AM/105.5 FM & krgi.com 

Stats from the game below 






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Friday, June 26th 
Fremont, NE 

Game 1 - Fremont 11 Grand Island 3 

Game 2 - Grand Island 6 Fremont 4 

GI Home Federal now 6-4 on the season will be back in action Saturday, June 27th vs Millard West in Kearney. Listen live on KRGI 1430 AM/105.5 FM & krgi.com 

Listen to post-game interview after Fremont below with Head Coach Kirby Wells. 




Kirby Wells post game Fremont

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UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021.

UNDATED (AP) — The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 golfers in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, say they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations. Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has says he's being blackmailed.

UNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. His 22 seasons are the most in league history. Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the league’s all-time list.

HOUSTON (AP) — One of America’s top pro women’s softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem. The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it noted the team’s players were standing for the anthem and respecting the flag. The fallout has been swift. All 18 Scrap Yard players, including some members of the US national team, have walked out and say they won’t play for the team.




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Nebraska track and field senior Kevin Cahoy was named to the 2019-20 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team and senior Luke Siedhoff was named to the Second Team on Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. The awards move Nebraska's nation-leading Academic All-America total to 340 all-time across all sports.

Cahoy, a Grand Island native, has a 3.99 GPA majoring in biological sciences and microbiology. He finished third in the pole vault at the 2020 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a personal-best clearance of 17-3 1/2 (5.27m).

A 2018-19 CoSIDA Second-Team All-American, Cahoy was also a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten selection. He was on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in both 2019 and 2020 and is a three-time member of the USTFCCCA All-America Team.

Cahoy becomes the 10th Husker male track and field student-athlete to earn multiple Academic All-America awards in a career and the first since Drew Wiseman in 2015 and 2017.

Siedhoff, a Crete native, has a 3.91 GPA while majoring in biological sciences and Spanish. He received second-team All-Big Ten honors in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2020 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a time of 7.79 to finish as the runner-up. In the prelims at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, he ran a personal-best time of 7.78 in the 60-meter hurdles to qualify for the finals, good for the No. 7 time on the NU top-10 list.

The 2019-20 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Siedhoff is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten Selection. He was also a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2020 and is a three-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.




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Grand Island, NE - Ryder Park 

Game 1 
GI Home Federal - 9 
North Platte - 5 

Game 2 
North Platte - 3
GI Home Federal - 2 

Home Federal is now 5-3 on the season. Back in action Friday, June 25th at Fremont. Double header starts at 4pm. Listen live on KRGI 1430 AM & 105.5 FM. Online at KRGI.com 






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TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government says Major League Baseball has submitted a plan to play in Toronto and health authorities are examining it. A spokeswoman for the Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed it is examining the restart plan. Anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must quarantine for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. On Tuesday, the Canadian government said it was open to MLB playing in Toronto this summer, but the league had not submitted the required plan to health authorities.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. And Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker says he has been dealing with the virus as well. The NBA is set to start again in Central Florida next month. All 22 NBA teams that will be part of the resumed season began mandated testing Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka chose to withdraw from the Travelers Championship because his caddie tested positive for the coronavirus. The four-time major champion feels even worse for his younger brother. Chase Koepka is trying to make it on the Challenge Tour in Europe, just like his brother once did. He made it through a Monday qualifier for a PGA Tour event. Both withdrew out of caution from being in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Brooks Koepka says he feels responsible for putting his brother in that position. His brother had no place to stay Monday night after qualifying so Koepka had him stay in his house.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. Marshall’s name has already been removed from the history wall at the team’s training facility. Marshall refused to integrate by signing Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962. There have been renewed calls for owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name.

UNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh) headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black athlete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Iginla is joined in the 2020 class by winger Marian Hossa, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s star Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.




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