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This week the Governor signed a proclamation recognizing our police forces in Nebraska during this National Police Week. We extend our gratitude to our police who have also had to respond in new ways during this COVID crisis. It is also National Skilled Nursing Care week. Long term care nurses continue to provide quality care to the most vulnerable in our state throughout the pandemic. If you know a team member at a long-term care facility, be sure to thank them for their hard work.
Thank you to all who made the primary elections a success this year. There was very high turnout. Great job requesting those ballots and getting them turned in!
This week, First Lady Susanne Shore discussed the work of Nebraska Impact and its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The organization has raised more than $340,000 to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Nebraska and has distributed more than $250,000 worth of food thus far to people in some of Nebraska’s hardest hit communities. Money donated to the Nebraska Impact COVID19 Relief Fund is being directed through the statewide Community Collaboratives, like our own Lift Up Sarpy, that are part of Bring Up Nebraska, a program administered by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. Funds are helping individual communities meet their needs for food, rent, and utility assistance, as well as school supplies for students from low-income families now studying from home. To donate to the fund, visit https://neimpact.org/.
If you are interested in sewing and donating cloth face masks to Nebraska’s vulnerable populations, visit this link. Masks can be mailed to Nebraska Impact, 201 N 8th St., Suite 215, Lincoln, NE 68508 or you can arrange a pickup in the Lincoln or Omaha area by emailing email@example.com.
This upcoming Wednesday is Omaha Gives! 2020. This will be the 8th annual Omaha Gives, a one-day online fundraising event to support local nonprofits. This year financial support is even more crucial to keeping these organizations running and serving Omaha-area residents.
For a list of all Sarpy County nonprofits that are seeking donations on May 20th, click here.
For a list of Bellevue nonprofits that are seeking donations on May 20th, click here.
Thank you for all that you are doing to stay safe and help one another during this time!
Youth Baseball and Softball
Governor Ricketts announced this week that youth baseball and softball practices will be allowed beginning June 1 with games beginning June 18. Players will need to use their own helmets, gloves and bats as much as possible. Fans will be limited to only household members who must bring their own chairs and stay six feet apart from other fans. That said, practices are still not allowed for group sports at this time.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently updated its COVID-19 dashboard to include death data by county and added data related to hospital capacity. To view county specific data, just click on the county within the Nebraska map. Additionally, on the hospital capacity tab, there is now the number of Nebraska hospital beds available and total hospital beds, the number of ICU beds available and the total number of ICU beds, and the number of ventilators available and the total number of ventilators in the state.
Virtual Memorial Day Celebration
Because of the COVID-19, many Memorial Day events have been cancelled. In order to celebrate these veterans, NET will broadcast a virtual observance at 8 a.m on May 25 from the Capitol Rotunda. The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs website also has a plethora of resources available on their page for those that may be seeking help during the COVID outbreak. Click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page to see their full list of resources.
Several new guidance documents are available under the Reopening Guidelines section including: recommended best practices for barbershops and salons, massage therapist, body art shops; recommended office re-opening protocols from the Nebraska Dental Association; guidelines for conduct of faith-based services including weddings and funerals; restaurant dining room reopening guidelines.
FEMA has also released planning considerations for organizations that plan to reopen in the coming weeks. Their recommendations are available here.
Mental Health Resource
The Munroe-Meyer Institute Psychology Department at UNMC is offering free behavioral telehealth consultations to individuals and families, regardless of insurance coverage. Consultation services are offered via Zoom or by phone. To schedule and appointment, call 402-559-6408.
For Children and Families
Boys Town has updated their library of parenting information and articles at their website. This library includes downloadable resources that can help families get through the
Bellevue Public Schools P.E. teachers worked to create a fun video to wish students a happy summer (while still appropriately social distancing). If you have a BPS student who is missing their classmates and teachers, the video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts8HhgCVeEM and may boost their mood.
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All the best,