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Mayor Stothert and other officials provide coronavirus update

Say layoffs for police and fire a possibility
Posted at 3:39 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 19:29:08-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Rep. Don Bacon and other officials provided a coronavirus update.

Bacon has mentioned it before, but today he introduced a bill that would allow state and local governments to use the federal money for lost revenue, which could save first responder jobs.

Currently, the police and fire departments are on a spending and hiring freeze but they'll need more help.

Bacon hopes Congress can pass a bill allowing local governments to spend the money in the next two to three weeks. He says he already has bi-partisan support and believes either his bill, or a similar one, will get through Congress. If it doesn't, it would be bad news for police and fire departments across the country.

"If we don't resolve this...our firemen, our law enforcement, our first responders are under risk of being laid off, and that would be a tragedy...a travesty, for our community and any community," Bacon said.

Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour also provided an update. She said she is very concerned about churches and religious services opening this coming week. She made a point, multiple times, that older people and people that are vulnerable should not go under any circumstance.