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Covid-19 Changes Rules: March 23

Access to the Washington County Court House is limited as of today. Sheriff Mike Robinson says you must call the office you need to visit and make an appointment. There will be an email verification of that appointment and you will need to bring a copy or show the appointment confirmation on your phone. You will also be required to answer some questions before being given a Court House Pass. This all in an effort to quell the spread of Covid-19

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow, not in person, however, but in a ZOOM internet meeting at 3pm. You can find details on how to join in that meeting online at Among the agenda items for the county board – a report by Washington County Clerk Barb Sullivan on changes to the primary election procedures due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

With Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts setting limits on the number gathered in one place at ten people, the Blair City Council has called off it’s meeting tomorrow night and will work on teleconferencing protocol, the council will then meet on Tuesday, March 31st, online. We will have more details on accessing that meeting as the date gets closer.

Fort Calhoun’s City Hall goes on reduced hours starting today, you should call ahead before conducting business – 402-468-5305. Additionally, Mayor Mitch Robinson says the Fort Calhoun Library is closed until further notice.

In Western Douglas County Saturday afternoon, a group of ten people gathered for the Ground breaking ceremony of the Quasar Drive in Theater. On 40 acres at Highway 36 and near Highway 275’s Bennington Exit, the Quasar is slated to open this July according to owners Jeff and Jenny Karls

Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday set further parameters in order to stem the spread of Covid-19 – closing, as of last night, hair salons, barbershops, tanning and spa establishments, swimming pools and massage therapy businesses. She also ordered suspension of foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural properties. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Iowa, as of yesterday – 90, with two of those cases in Harrison County. At last report, Nebraska had a total of 49 cases.

Omaha Public Power District says scams are always circulating, but now they are at an all time high, taking advantage of the public uneasiness over the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. Up 87 percent from the same time last year, these calls target utility customers saying their power will be disconnected if immediate payment using a pre-paid card is not made. OPPD will initially contact customers through the postal service if there are problems with an account. If you receive a scam call, you’re advised to not give any personal or financial information and hang up. Call OPPD directly to confirm the status of your account.

- Reported by Connie Green

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