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Nebraska legislature passes bill aimed at fighting coronavirus

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 00:41:59-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska has approved an $83.6 million emergency relief package to help public health officials respond to new coronavirus as the number of cases continued to rise and Lincoln city officials imposed new rules that will close some businesses and restrict how others can operate.

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the new funding bill Wednesday to pay for additional medical and cleaning supplies, tests and overtime for state health care workers. He also added Lancaster, Dodge and Saunders counties to the list of places where restaurants and bars will be forced to close their dining rooms because of the health risk.

Nebraska has had 68 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.