Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State's coronavirus pandemic response. The Governor announced that the State of Nebraska has issued new Directed Health Measures (DHMs) to align with CDC recommendations to shorten the length of quarantine required for persons who've had close contact exposure to the coronavirus. The updated DHMs took effect December 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Gov. Ricketts also announced new guidance for long-term care (LTC) facilities to designate “essential caregivers" for their residents. These caregivers may be family members, friends, or volunteers who provided regular support to the resident before the pandemic. By recognizing them as essential caregivers, LTC facilities can allow these folks to have more regular interactions assisting residents during this time of enhanced restrictions.
The Governor was joined by Becky Wisell, Interim Deputy Director of Health Licensure and Environmental Health for the Division of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She outlined guidance for LTC facilities to follow with their essential caregiver program. Jenifer Acierno, CEO of LeadingAge Nebraska, talked about the many ways essential caregivers benefit residents in long-term care.
Jim Engelbart, President of the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild, took part in the press conference to talk about the challenges facing Nebraska's breweries during the pandemic. He shared ways Nebraskans can continue to support the restaurants, bars, and breweries in their community.
Gov. Ricketts: Shortening Length of Quarantine
Becky Wisell: Essential Caregiver Guidance
Jenifer Acierno: Essential Caregiver Guidance
Jim Engelbart: Supporting Nebraska's Breweries
Video from today's press conference is available by clicking here.