Mayor Jean Stothert holds coronavirus press briefing

After second community spread case announced
Posted at 4:17 PM, Mar 18, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Governor Pete Ricketts announced a second community spread case of coronavirus Wednesday afternoon. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is holding a press conference to provide an update.

Douglas County Health Department Director Adi Pour says they have not been able to connect the latest case to another coronavirus patient or travel to an area with coronavirus spread.

The order she signed will include the development of an advisory board which will include a number of measures related to business finance, public health, social service, childcare, employment and others.

Omaha Police Chief Schmaderer says officers will enforce the order of limiting gatherings to less than ten people. He says a citation can be issued to business owners who do not wish to comply. Schmaderer says they have not run in to situations of people disregarding the order.

Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen says the department is making adjustments within the department to better serve the community in response to the spread of the coronavirus. He asks people to consider whether or not their emergency calls are truly necessary as to not tie up personnel.

Schmaderer says the department has received little to no resistance from businesses when performing compliance checks.

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