Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State's work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect hospitals. The Governor reminded Nebraskans that the State will move to the most restrictive “red" phase of its pandemic response when coronavirus hospitalizations reach 25% of staffed hospital beds in Nebraska. Currently, the State is in the “orange" phase, which is the second most restrictive.
Ashley Newmyer, Chief Data Strategist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), joined the Governor for today's briefing. She outlined the State's work to increase resources to conduct contact tracing.
Coronavirus survivors Christina St. Hilaire and Elizabeth Griffith of Dwight shared their story of recovering from the coronavirus.
Dr. Gary Anthone, the State's Chief Medical Officer and Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health, gave an update on the distribution of monoclonal antibodies in Nebraska. These antibodies are a new therapy, and they have potential to reduce the need for people with the coronavirus to require hospital care.
Gov. Ricketts: Three Cs Reminder
Ashley Newmyer: Contact Tracing
Christina St. Hilaire: Coronavirus Survivor Testimonial
Dr. Gary Anthone: Coronavirus Treatment
Video from this afternoon's press conference is available by clicking here.