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The Central District Health Department in Grand Island is reporting that as of today, May 1, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,170, and there are 37 deaths.

The increase represents anadditional 70 cases over the last 24 hours.

There are 10 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,110 in Hall County.

North Platte, Ne - Nebraskaland Days in North Platte has made the decision to postpone the 2020 State Celebration. David Fudge, the Executive Director in a Press Release said " We hope to produce the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and other events later this summer, and are working through rescheduling the concert series for 2021.

Those who have purchased tickets to this years events will have a couple of options including holding them for the rescheduled dates or receiving a full refund of the face value of the ticket. The refund period will be announced in the coming days as we finalize the process with our vendor. We will contact you directly through the email associated with the order.

We've held out as long as we thought we could in hopes that we'd be in a position to get the festival produced in in's normal time slot, but it's unrealistic at this point to think we'll be able to get it in.

Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 30, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,100. Two additional deaths have been reported by the CDHD now bring the total to 37. On Wednesday 10 deaths alone were reported. 7 in Hamilton County and the remaining three in Hall County. To date, there are 9 cases in Merrick County, 49 cases in Hamilton County and 1,042 in Hall County.

APRIL 30, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  —A multi-agency effort, including the Nebraska State Patrol and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Sutton man after an extensive investigation into allegations of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Linus Cloet, 58, of Sutton, was arrested in Clay County this morning on charges of sex trafficking of a minor, child abuse, three counts of pandering, and two counts of solicitation. Cloet was lodged in Clay County Jail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or other allegations is encouraged to call the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C office at 308-385-6000.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (April 30, 2020) — With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.
The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.
Make an appointment
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.  
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15:
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Burlington
5/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hastings College, 710 N. Turner Ave.
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St.
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St.
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 208 N. Doane Ave.
5/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 205 Garfield
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 4511 6th Ave
5/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Selectel Wireless, 3712 2nd Ave
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/15/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kearney Regional Medical Center, 804 W 22nd Ave
5/12/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 E 8th St
5/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Building, 5th and Main
5/1/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 541 Main Street
Grand Island
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grand Island YMCA, 221 East South Front
5/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 1304 N. Custer
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johnson Community Building, 601 Main Street
5/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., City Auditorium, 301 South Main Street
5/5/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., YMCA of the Prairie, 1415 Broadway, PO Box 618
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 110 S. Linden
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Grand Island, NE - On Thursday morning in the bi weekly Covid-19 update from Grand Island's City Hall Mayor Roger Steele cited that he would be sending a letter reaching out to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The agenda of the letter is looking at the Covid-19 situation at the Grand Island JBS meat processing plant. Mayor Steele asked to provide the government's plan to test the employees at JBS along with an invitation to Sonny Perdue to visit Grand Island to discuss the efforts to protect meat processing employees and citizens of Grand Island. 

Read a copy of the letter from Mayor Steele to Sonny Perdue below.  

APRIL 30, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Michigan man following a crash on Interstate 80 that injured a Keith County Sheriff’s Deputy.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper was providing traffic control for a semi-truck that was broken down on the inside shoulder of I-80 at mile marker 142 near Sutherland. A deputy from the Keith County Sheriff’s Department was positioned, with emergency lights activated, approximately ¼ mile east of the scene to alert drivers of the motorist assist taking place ahead.

The deputy’s vehicle was then struck from behind by a 2019 Nissan Sentra, occupied by three people. The deputy was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision and was injured in the crash. A person who claimed to be a passenger of the Nissan was also injured. Both were transported to the hospital in Ogallala with non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy was treated and released late Wednesday evening.

After investigation, troopers determined that the injured person from the Nissan had actually been the driver, and not a passenger in the vehicle. After being treated for minor injuries, the driver, Emmanuel Phifer, 24, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested for false reporting, violation of the move over law, no operator’s license, and reckless driving. Phifer was lodged in Keith County Jail.

Westbound I-80 was closed for approximately 2.5 hours due to the crash.


Coved-19 Update from Grand Island’s City Hall

Posted by KRGI News on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Grand Island Senior High in partnership with the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation and Home Federal Bank will honor the top-ranked graduating seniors from Grand Island Senior High during an academic recognition reception on Thursday, April 30, in a Facebook Live presentation from the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Facebook Account. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.  

All students at Grand Island Senior High who graduate Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude, and have submitted a GIPS Foundation scholarship application, will be awarded at least one scholarship through the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation’s Academic Aristocrat Scholarship Program. Honor students will receive a total of $45,150 at this presentation.

The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program was initiated by former Superintendent Marv Maurer in memory of his wife Dorothy. The program offers scholarships for Grand Island Senior High’s Honors Students.  Sixty-one (61) scholarships will be awarded in 2020 as part of this program. The scholarships range from $500-$1,600.

Over the years, many individuals have donated to the Academic Aristocrat fund to grant students their dreams of a higher education. Some have donated annually or through payroll deductions, while others have established endowed scholarships in their family's names or in honor or memory of someone special.

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has served as a tax-exempt vehicle for various individuals and businesses to award scholarships on an annual basis.
The GISH seniors to be honored on Thursday:
Samuel Aguilera Robledo
Diana Alvarado
Jenna Banzhaf
Justyce Bonczynski
Margaret Bourland
Erin Brockmeier
Ashtyn Cheetsos
Georgia Clerc
Kelly Contreras
Maria Cotom Pacheco
Genevieve Czaplewski
Ana De Orta
Rodrigo Fajardo
Kevin Fierro-Chavez
Alexander Francisco Gonzalez
Caleb Francl
Danielle Goscha
Joshua Grosvenor
Brandy Guerrero
Tori Hale
Samantha Hansen
Shelby Hees
Jenny Hernandez
Ronal Hernandez
Emma Hilderbrand
Mackenzie Hill
Luke Hoos
Jake Inthavongsa
Grace Johnson
Wyatt Kohles
Jacob Kosmicki
Madison Lane
Blake Leiting
Uri Lopez
Rachel Mankin
McKenna Marsh
Annaline McCoy
Ace McKinnis
Alyssa Meyer
Alexander Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Vanessa Mosqueda Ramirez
Karleigh Mulinix
Eric Nguyen
Natalia Ortega
Jacqueline Osborne
Alec Paul
Karina Pedroza Sotelo
Katlyn Pool
Anna Pracheil
Raul Ramirez-Galindo
Anna Rose
Byron Rustrian Rivas
Edwin Salas
Hady Santos Cotom
Kyle Sextro
Jehron Soto
Keagan Sutton
Elise Vahle
Alex VanNatta
Candelaria Vargas Paiz
Sierra Voglewede
Stacy Wells
Cassandra Wing
Jaime Zamarripa
Hannah Zaugg

APRIL 29, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — A Nebraska State Trooper has been treated and released from the hospital after his cruiser was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lincoln.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:30 A.M. on O Street in Lincoln. The trooper was traveling westbound on O Street. A Honda Fit was traveling eastbound. The Honda attempted to turn northbound onto 46th street and collided with the NSP cruiser.

Two medical professionals were nearby when the crash occurred and were able to quickly provide aid to the Honda driver. The trooper was able to get out of his cruiser and assist as those bystanders attended to the other driver.

The trooper was then transported by another trooper to Bryan Medical Center West Campus with injuries to his hand. He was treated for multiple broken bones in his hand and has been released from the hospital.

The driver of the Honda was transported by ambulance to Bryan Medical Center West Campus with serious injuries. Those injuries are expected to be non-life-threatening.

NSP has requested that the Lincoln Police Department investigate the crash. That investigation is ongoing. The trooper’s cruiser was totaled in the crash.

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