Update from my office

Legislature   Posted by Tony Vargas · April 21, 2020

I wanted to take a moment to provide you with some updates this week about COVID-19 and the upcoming election.

First, some information about the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, May 12th. To protect yourself and your family, please plan to vote-by-mail. By now you should have received a postcard that is an application to receive your ballot in the mail -- you must return that postcard by May 1st. Once you receive your ballot in the mail, it must be returned either by mail or to a ballot dropbox, by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th. You can find a list of ballot dropbox locations, voter registration applications, and vote-by-mail information on the Douglas County Election Commission website, here: https://www.votedouglascounty.com/early_voting.aspx

And next, some updated information about COVID-19. It is critical that we continue to social distance by staying home as much as possible and staying at least six feet away from others in public places. By staying home, you are doing your part to help flatten the curve and prevent further spread of this very contagious virus. As of today, there are 1,727 known cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska and 38 reported deaths. Like the rest of the country, Nebraska’s hotspots for COVID-19 are in communities of color, specifically in Hall and Douglas County. Among many other reasons, this is why I think it’s so important that our elected leaders and public health officials take steps to further protect our communities. The infographic in this email shows the status of COVID-19 in Nebraska and If you'd like a quick way to view information about the status of COVID-19 in Nebraska, I post infographic updates like these on my social media channels every day -- you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I know first-hand how this can affect families and I do not wish this hardship on anyone. By now, you have all likely heard either from me personally or through the local news or social media [VIDEO HERE] that both of my parents, who live in New York, were diagnosed with COVID-19 several weeks ago. My mother remains in quarantine at home and my father is still in critical condition in the ICU and on a ventilator. We remain hopeful that he will recover soon. In the last week, more of my family has tested positive and are fighting the virus to get healthy again. From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my entire family, thank you for your kind words and positive support during this incredibly difficult time. It means the world to us.

I recognize and understand that this pandemic is causing great hardship for many Nebraska families. Below I have linked a few resources that could be helpful for those who are now in need of assistance:

Nebraska Information Line

Douglas County Health Department Information Line (Se Habla Español)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Methodist Health System

Nebraska Medicine


CHI Health

Again, please stay home and do your part to flatten the curve. My legislative staff are currently working from home but we are all continuing to do everything we can to help during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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