With many schools forced to shift to remote learning because of the pandemic, more working parents than ever have been left scrambling to find child care for youngsters who used to be in class.
When Tyson turned down testing at its plant in Madison, local leaders turned to public pressure and political influence to sway the company.
Cases have leveled off or dipped slightly in Nebraska and Douglas County, but regions including Kearney, North Platte and Sarpy County are now wrestling with sudden spikes.
TestNebraska had been taking an average 41 hours to provide virus test results. But in July, testing numbers spiked and the average wait was 58 hours.
The fastest-spreading outbreak of the past three weeks has been at Oakland Manor in Pottawattamie County, which went from zero infections 22 days ago to 50 on Wednesday.