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51 new coronavirus cases reported in Lancaster County; now more than 10,000 cases in Nebraska
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51 new coronavirus cases reported in Lancaster County; now more than 10,000 cases in Nebraska

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This electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 51 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the community total to 786.

Statewide, more than 400 new cases were reported Saturday as the state's total rose to 10,220, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There have been at least 125 deaths in the state.

Douglas County continued to have the most cases, with 2,305. Dakota County was next with 1,454 cases, and Hall County had 1,424.

Also Saturday, officials said a third inmate from the Community Corrections Center in Omaha had tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual had been taken to the hospital for unrelated medical issues and was tested upon admission, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes said in a news release Saturday.

Another department staff member — an employee at the Nebraska State Penitentiary — also tested positive Saturday, bringing the total to 10 staffers within the department who have the virus. The majority are cases at the penitentiary, and some have completed quarantine and returned to work.

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Three inmates have tested positive, all from the community work-release center in Omaha housing 175 inmates and 35 staff members. After the first case emerged May 12, the department announced that the facility was under quarantine. A second positive case was announced Friday.

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More than 3,000 high school seniors in Lincoln are graduating into a world nobody’s navigated before, staring into a pandemic that has closed schools, slashed families’ economic security and, for many graduates, changed their college plans.

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Five Lincoln public pools — Arnold Heights, Ballard, Belmont, Irvingdale and Woods — will open to the public in a limited capacity on June 15.

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At middle and high schools across the city, teachers made signs and hung decorations and put on costumes and played music to help students note the end of a school year where dining room tables and bedroom desks became the classroom.

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This year would have marked the 153rd annual community Fourth of July celebration in Seward, which first put on an event in the local town square in 1868.

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson are taking the lead on the coalition. The letter is also signed by attorneys general in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Cindy Lange-Kubick has loved writing columns about life in her hometown since 1994. She had hoped to become a people person by now, nonetheless she would love to hear your tales of fascinating neighbors and interesting places.

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