Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970
Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new executive order to give healthcare facilities greater flexibility to respond to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The purpose of the order is to enable healthcare facilities to expand capacity as the need arises. Among other changes, the Governor's order accomplishes the following:
Read the executive order by clicking here.
Additionally, the Governor noted that the federal government has waived both the 96-hour length-of-stay limit and the 25 bed limit for Critical Access Hospitals.
At today's press conference, Gov. Ricketts also announced new safety guidelines for nursing homes. They include:
The guidance is available online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.
Heath Boddy, President & CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association, joined the Governor at this afternoon's press briefing. He said that the Governor's executive order is extremely helpful for care facilities as they seek to maintain adequate staffing levels during the public health emergency. In addition, he talked about the heroic efforts of healthcare workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
Todd Stubbendieck, Nebraska State Director for AARP, also took part in today's news conference. He invited Nebraskans to visit AARP's website for information on how older adults can reduce their likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 (www.aarp.org/coronavirus). He reminded snowbirds to self-quarantine for 14 days, and to monitor their health, upon return to Nebraska. He also called on Nebraskans to lend a helping hand to the state's senior citizens by checking on their well-being and offering to run errands for them.
At the press briefing, Gov. Ricketts also announced an executive order that directs the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to suspend the issuance of non-resident turkey hunting licenses through May 31, 2020. The intent of the order is to reduce out-of-state travel to Nebraska during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the executive order by clicking here.
The Governor also talked about his experience giving blood today at the State Teammate Blood Drive hosted in partnership with the American Red Cross. He urged Nebraskans to step up and donate in order to meet the urgent need for blood during the pandemic. Nebraskans interested in donating can visit www.redcross.org/give-blood.html for more information.
Today, Husker football coach Scott Frost urged Nebraskans to comply with social distancing guidelines, to practice good hygiene, and to self-isolate if sick. View his public announcement by clicking here.
Full video of today's press briefing is available by clicking here.