Many area events called off to limit spread of COVID-19

One little virus can make a big difference.
Many cancellations and postponements were announced last week and this week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across Nebraska.
Nebraska’s annual Boys State Basketball Tournament was played with only immediate family members in the stands.
The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) announced it was suspending district and state speech contests until further notice. District speech meets were scheduled around the state early this week, and the state meet had been scheduled at Kearney on March 27.
NSAA also suspended all activity practices until March 30, and all competitions are suspended until April 2, 2020. The suspensions may be extended if conditions warrant.
Nebraska Department of Education announced it has canceled all state leadership conferences and contests for FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA and others.
No Classes Until March 27
In an effort to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus, Boone Central and St. Michael’s extended spring breaks initially through Tuesday, March 17. Classes have now been canceled until Friday, March 27.
The extended closure affects all activities and events, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions.
Newman Grove Public Schools will be closed until at least March 31.
St. Edward Public Schools is closed for up to six weeks. There will be a reassessment of the situation every two weeks.
Boone County Health Center is limiting patient visitors to only spouse and children until further notice.
All area nursing homes and assisted living facilities are restricting visitors until further notice.
Canceled/Postponed Events
Following are near term events that have been canceled due to COVID-19:
– Albion Knights of Columbus Fish Fries, through April 10;
– Petersburg American Legion Fish Fries;
– Gateway Theatre movies through March 29;
– Boone County Health Center estate planning workshop, March 19;
– Boone Central PTO Comedy Bazaar, postponed to a later date from March 21;
– Boone Central High school Roaring 20s Variety Show, March 22;
– Central Plains Corn Growers spring meeting, March 21;
– Special showing of “Silo,” a film on grain entrapment, postponed to a later date from March 26.
More events may be added to the list as they are announced.