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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraskans may begin enjoying recreational vehicle camping by reservation only at select state park areas starting May 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Limited RV camping will be available at select park areas where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the COVID-19 health situation. A list of the available park areas will be posted on the agency website and updated as additional areas are established.

“We sympathize with those who have been affected by this virus and the rippling effects of trying to contain it, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of people who are passionate about camping,” Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said. “We are pleased to now be able to allow limited RV camping, and we look forward to restoring more opportunities when the time is appropriate and as conditions allow. Our priority remains to protect the health and well-being of all Nebraskans.”

Those RV campsites will have the following requirements:

-- Designated sites, which will be spaced at least 25 feet apart, can be reserved online beginning May 17 at OutdoorNebraska.org and prepaid. First-come, first-served and tent camping will not be allowed.

-- Only self-contained recreational vehicles, with factory features that allow them to hold potable water, contain wastewater/sewage and connect to electrical service, will be allowed to reserve a site.

-- No parks’ showerhouses or modern restrooms will be open until further notice. Vault toilets and RV dump stations will be open.

-- Each campsite will be limited to eight guests, and the length of stay will be limited to seven days.

-- Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA) near Grand Island and Danish Alps SRA near Hubbard will not be available, as they are near communities with high COVID-19 incidence. Park areas may be added to or deleted from the list as warranted and upon recommendations of health officials.

Game and Parks retains the ability to scale back the number of campsites if social practices are not followed or if public health officials determine there is an increased incidence of virus in any region of the state.

Park grounds remain open to the public for day use and a park entry permit is needed for each vehicle entering a park.

State designated beach and swimming areas will be closed until further notice, in part due to recent incidents involving large gatherings and lack of social distancing on beach areas at multiple state park venues. Other waterfront areas will remain open for day use and fishing as long as social distancing and the 10-person gathering size limit are maintained.

In addition, current Game and Parks closures for cabins, lodge rooms, group shelters, undesignated campsites, and tent camping at state park areas and wildlife management areas will be extended at least through May 31, with possible further extension.

People with park reservations for camping or lodging affected by the extended closure can contact Game and Parks for a refund or to reschedule.

Game and Parks will continue to evaluate closures and opportunities that can be restored following state guidelines and local directed health measures. More information, including a list of closures, and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at OutdoorNebraska.org.


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The Mayor’s office issues the following order regarding the operation of parks and recreational facilities effective May 7, 2020 until further notice.

OMAHA, Neb. — Two Nebraska meat processing plants have announced temporary closures in the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases among meatpacking plant workers. Tyson Foods pork plant in Madison and a Cargill beef plant in Schuyler announced Monday that they would temporarily shut down production to deep clean the plants. Tyson said it will await the results of workers who had been tested for COVID-19 last weekend before deciding when it will reopen. The plant closures will affect more than 3,000 workers and will likely slow the ability of producers to get hogs and cattle to slaughter.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Authorities say an Omaha man who was test-driving a motorcycle died after crashing it into a wall. The 31-year-old Jake Dunwoody was taking the bike for a spin in the Center Mall parking lot Monday afternoon when he crashed it into a concrete wall. A witness told police that Dunwoody had made several circles in the lot and seemed to be getting more comfortable with it when he picked up speed and hit the wall. Police say Dunwoody was taken to an Omaha hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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(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.


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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.

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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.

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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. 



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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. 

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