Mayor Stothert provides update amid coronavirus spread

Posted at 12:12 PM, Mar 16, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says Gov. Pete Ricketts will announce all public gatherings will be limited to 50 people or less statewide, including all bars and restaurants.

Stothert says bars and restaurants will close completely if or when another community spread case is announced in Douglas County.

As of noon Monday, there were 20 total coronavirus cases in Nebraska, including 18 in Douglas County. Most of the cases have been travel-related.

Ricketts is expected to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon detailing the state's latest actions to combat the coronavirus.

Deputy Chief Ken Kanger with the Omaha Police Department says they'll check in on businesses if there is complaints on more than 50 people. They also will likely randomly check businesses.

Stothert says she signed an emergency ordinance that would put city employees that cannot work on administrative leave. It would pay them for 80 hours of work. The city council will vote on the measure on Tuesday.

It was also announced that Omaha Police will get a medical director that can answer questions and test them for the illness, if need be.

To hear more of what Omaha officials said on Monday, watch the press conference below.

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