Author Archives: Kellan Heavican

Gov. Ricketts Announces Launch of Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Proclaims FFA Week

Gov. Ricketts Announces Launch of Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Proclaims FFA Week

This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the launch of the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  The program, funded through the U.S. Treasury as part of a federal coronavirus relief package, is available to eligible tenants and landlords.  The State’s program provides assistance for both rent and…Read more »

Nebraska Lab Conducts Detailed Tests To Track Coronavirus

Nebraska Lab Conducts Detailed Tests To Track Coronavirus

Nebraska officials are watching for variants of the coronavirus by sequencing the entire genome of samples of the virus. Peter Iwen, the director of Nebraska’s Public Health Laboratory, said the detailed tests performed each week help scientists identify mutations of the virus and track how they affect the spread of COVID-19 in the state. So…Read more »

February is American Heart Health Month

February is American Heart Health Month

There is a silent killer preying on Nebraskans: heart disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. As part of Heart Health Month, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) CEO Dannette R. Smith and Bryan Heart cardiologist and electrophysiologist Robert L. Percell, MD, discussed preventative steps Nebraskans can take to reduce…Read more »

UNMC Student First Author Of National Study Highlighting Lack Of Diversity, Equity In Vaccine Clinical

UNMC Student First Author Of National Study Highlighting Lack Of Diversity, Equity In Vaccine Clinical

A University of Nebraska Medical Center student is part of a team of U.S. scientists advocating for increased diversity in vaccine trials after publishing a new study that highlights disparities. The study, published online Feb. 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open, found that among U.S.-based vaccine clinical trials, people who…Read more »

More Than 3,200 Residents Get COVID-19 Vaccine At PBA Clinic

More Than 3,200 Residents Get COVID-19 Vaccine At PBA Clinic

The large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Pinnacle Bank Arena today resulted in nearly 3,200 Lancaster County residents receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Most of those vaccinated Thursday were residents age 73 and up and their spouses. Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) with assistance from community partners will host another clinic on Friday for health care providers…Read more »

Two Deaths, 67 COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

Two Deaths, 67 COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that two more residents have died from COVID-19.  The deaths were a woman in her 90s in a long-term care facility, and a man in his 90s who was hospitalized. The total number of deaths in Lancaster County is now 214. On behalf of the City, Mayor…Read more »