One-on-one interview with Governor Pete Ricketts about the spread of COVID-19

Governor Ricketts has been in close talks with Vice President Mike Pence on exactly what Nebraska would need if an outbreak occurred.
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While Nebraska has no confirmed COVID–19 cases in the state, we’ve still been taking steps to prevent the spread and help those infected.

From the 57 rescued Americans at Camp Ashland to the 15 brought in from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Nebraska showing the nation, we are more than ready to fight the virus.

“With the experts at UNMC they are developing their own test, so we can more broadly test people. That’s another thing the federal government is working on, as well as working with the private sector, to expand the number of test that are available out there so we can test more people,” Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said.

Governor Ricketts has been in close talks with Vice President Mike Pence on exactly what the state needs if COVID–19 cases begin to spread in Nebraska.

“We talked with the Vice President on a conference call and Secretary Azar about the reserve of mask and gowns and protective equipment. As well as expanding more ventilators, that’s one of the things we’re doing,” Governor Ricketts said.

Ricketts also said he’s talked to Vice President Pence about how the state could expect funding to create even more capacity at UNMC and to enhance the facilities.

He said he’s proud of the strides not only at UNMC but the whole state has made in fighting the virus.

He still wants to remind people to wash their hands, cover their mouth and prepare if COVID–19 does spread to the state by stocking up on everyday goods and filling your normal prescriptions.

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