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Official: Nebraska schools should be able to reopen on time

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Posted at 12:57 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 13:57:44-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — — Nebraska’s education commissioner says schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic should be able to reopen on schedule this fall.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald report Commissioner Matt Blomstedt said during a Thursday news conference with Gov. Pete Ricketts that opening dates would depend on local health conditions. Nebraska had 7,190 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Friday morning. Ninety people in Nebraska have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Meanwhile, the shutdown caused by the virus is forcing Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to furlough workers and eliminate positions after cutting its budget by 36%. The zoo has been closed since March 16.

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