WATCH: Governor’s coronavirus press conference
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — This event was previously recorded.
Today, Governor Ricketts addressed a backlog in contact tracing.
“There was a question about a week ago with regard to a woman who said it’d taken eight days for a contact tracer to get a hold of her,” explained Gov. Ricketts. “When we looked into that more carefully we found that we at the State had not been doing our job- that we had not been keeping up with the surging cases we’ve been seeing and a lot of backlogs developed.”
As of yesterday, contact tracers were behind 2,600 cases. Half of these cases received one phone call, but no contact. The other half has not yet been called.
To catch up to the surge of coronavirus cases, contact tracers are asking positive individuals to reach out to their close contact on their own. There is no way to confirm if the positive individual does reach out or contact those close to them, but the State says this is just a temporary measure.
More contact tracers have also been added, bringing the total to over 1,100, to help burn through these phone calls.
In addition, a new feature has been added to contact tracing that begins Monday. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you will receive a text message letting you know a contact tracer call you within 24 hours.
With less than a week until Thanksgiving, Governor Pete Ricketts holds a press conference to update the state on our coronavirus statistics.
In past conferences, the Governor has stress celebrating Thanksgiving safely, keeping coronavirus precautions in mind. On Nov. 13th, he even outlined potentially increasing restrictions if hospital capacity for COVID patients surpasses 25%.
As the holiday inches closer and Nebraska’s cases continue to rise, community members hold off on their turkey day plans to see whether any of these new restrictions become necessary.
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Stay tuned for Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird’s press conference, which will be live-streamed on our website at 3:30 p.m.