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Coronovirus Update: March 12

The rapid spread of the Novel Corona Virus is prompting many groups and agencies to rethink public events…including nursing homes, several in the area have closed off visitors for the time being. Classes at Blair’s Memorial Community Hospital and other gatherings are on hold according to staff.

Severe Storm Spotter training by the National Weather Service is postponed due to the increasing threat of Novel Coronavirus. Those cancelled sessions include the training scheduled for Washington County on March 30th . Trainings, at this point, are slated to resume April 4th for Lancaster County. Blair Radio News will keep you up to date on those trainings and if and when there will be rescheduling.

Health department agencies are informing and guiding local governments in their response to the spread of the coronavirus. Washington County Emergency Management Director Dan Douglas updated the county board at its meeting earlier this week. Supervisors will be meeting in committees on the matter.

Nebraska’s High School Athletic Association says attendance at the Boys State Basketball Games in Lincoln will be restricted due to concerns about the Corona Virus. Only immediate family will be allowed to attend.

Some area hospitals are receiving calls that automated phone systems are calling residents and saying the recipient of the phone call has been exposed to the virus or have tested positive for the virus. Two of the larger health care facilities, CHI and Bergan Mercy say they do not give such information out in that format.

It’s common for Blair and Washington County residents to shop in the metro area…and if you were at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 17140 Evans Plaza, Monday and Tuesday March 2nd and 3rd, and Thursday, March 5th, the Douglas County Health Department wants you to know you could have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus, and you should contact the health department.

You can find more information about the virus by calling 211, contacting Three Rivers Public Health or the Douglas County Health Department, or going online to

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