Omaha Public Schools high school students returned to in-person learning five days a week on Wednesday. Students at every grade level are now back to weekly in-person lessons.
Because of limited doses at first, school superintendents will work with their human resources departments to prioritize educators based on age and underlying health conditions.
Attorneys, judges and corrections officials have been needling the governor and public health officials for COVID-19 vaccines for court officials to get criminal cases moving again.
During a public hearing, public health officials asked the Omaha City Council to extend the city’s indoor mask mandate, while opponents questioned the science behind masks.
Gov. Pete Ricketts had to skip his annual Governor's Walk to promote wellness Monday after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
"It's frustrating, to be sure. But we all must face up to the reality. Finally beating back COVID will take time, and it will take the efforts of all of us."
The "Do Right, Right Now" campaign was started in late November by a group of health, education and community partners.
Douglas County expects to begin vaccinating people in the 65-and-older category for COVID next week, but those 80 and above will be first in line.
More than 27,000 people had signed up for the Douglas County Health Department's online COVID-19 vaccine notification system by early Wednesday.
"It's a simple and practical thing that we can all be doing to do our part until the vaccines reach the general population," Omaha Councilman Pete Festersen said.
As the backlog of cases grows in Douglas County and the jail population rises, some ask whether court officials should get some kind of prioritization for the COVID-19 vaccine.
"Until 60% to 70% of the community is vaccinated, you still need to wear the mask, you still need to have social distancing, you still need to take all of those precautions."
Nebraska and Douglas County health officials on Friday reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.
In the metropolitan area, every fifth ICU bed is occupied by a COVID-19 patient and every 10th general hospital bed is occupied by a COVID-19 patient, the county health director said Wednesday.
Twenty-four people tested positive for COVID-19 during last week's mass testing event at Gretna High School.
Last week's mass-testing effort at Gretna High School found 24 positive cases of COVID-19. The testing followed reports that more than 40 cases were traced to one event.
The mass testing effort followed reports that more than 40 cases among students were traced to one event.
More than 300 Gretna High School students were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.