WATCH: Gov. Ricketts’ press conference on COVID-19 in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Gov. Ricketts says although masks will not be a state-wide mandate, he recommends masking.
Gov. Ricketts said we will likely be masking for the foreseeable future, so it is good to stay in the habit of it.
Elkhorn Logan Valley Health Director Gina Uhing spoke next, saying “we all need to make an effort to keep our circles small.”
Uhing stressed that in order to keep schools and businesses open, Nebraskans need to follow the three C’s: avoid close contact, confined spaces, and crowded places.
Nebraska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone spoke about a plan to assist hospitals in staffing as cases rise.
“One thing I’ve been hearing as a common theme is that ‘we are doing okay on beds, but we need nurses and other staff to help staff those beds.'”
With a need for additional staffing, Nebraska will be utilizing up to $40 million of the CARES Act funding to support the hospitals.
“We’ve entered a dangerous phase in the pandemic in Nebraska… We’ve reached levels in our communities that are in great excess of where we were at our previous peak in May. And unfortunately, we are still accelerating,” said UNMC’s Dr. James Lawler.
Gov. Ricketts announces there will be changes to Nebraska’s Direct Health Measures, which will go into effect Wednesday.
Our communities will be seeing four changes:
- Hospitals must maintain 10% hospital bed availability in order to continue providing elective surgeries.
- Instead of a 75% occupancy restriction on in-door vendors, we will be dropping back to a 50% restriction.
- When in a restaurant or bar, you must remain seated unless going to the restroom.
- Table sizes at restaurants, bars, and wedding events must be limited to eight persons.
Governor Pete Ricketts holds a press conference concerning coronavirus in Nebraska for the first time in weeks.
Watch it live on our website, as we keep you updated on all the latest COVID-19 news.