Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced changes to the State's directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide on October 21, 2020. The Governor also launched a campaign to encourage Nebraskans to avoid the “Three C's" to help slow the spread of the virus: 1) crowded places, 2) close contact, and 3) confined spaces.
Dr. James Lawler, associate professor of infectious disease at UNMC, joined the Governor to emphasize the increasing spread of the virus across the state. The State's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Anthone, announced the State of Nebraska is allocating up to $40 million of CARES Act funding to support hospital capacity.
Gina Uhing, Health Director for Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, urged Nebraskans to continue social distancing and wearing masks to help mitigate the risk of infection. Additionally, Matthew Blomstedt, Commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, discussed his department's work to reinforce the importance of students practicing healthy behaviors in school, at home, and out in the community.
Changes to the State's DHMs: Effective Statewide as of Wednesday, October 21st
The DHM changes listed above are scheduled to remain in effect through November 30, 2020.
Video from today's press conference is available by clicking here.