Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts announced new Directed Health Measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide on Wednesday, November 11th. The measures are being implemented in response to rising hospitalizations across the state in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Kurth Brashear, VP for Institutional Advancement at Concordia University, also joined the Governor this morning. Kurth is a coronavirus survivor, and he underscored the danger of the disease—even for someone who is healthy. He also talked about the lingering health problems some people experience after having COVID-19.
The Governor also proclaimed November as “Adoption Month" in Nebraska to raise awareness of the need to help children in foster care find permanent homes. Judge Vernon Daniels of the Separate Juvenile Court in Omaha joined the briefing virtually to emphasize the benefits for youth who are adopted out of foster care. Camas Holder, Eastern Service Area Administrator for the Division of Family Services within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), also took part in the press conference. She highlighted the Nebraska Heart Gallery, an initiative to connect youth in foster care with loving, adoptive homes.
Gov. Ricketts: Hospital Capacity
Since the pandemic began, everything we have been doing has been to protect our hospital system to make sure people get the care they need.
Gov. Ricketts: New DHMs
Kurth Brashear: Taking Coronavirus Seriously
Judge Vernon Daniels: Adoption
Camas Holder: Adoption
Video from today's press conference is available by clicking here.