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 of the importance of practicing good health habits as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. The State remains in the “orange" phase of its pandemic response, which is the second most restrictive phase.
The Governor also highlighted the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program, which serves youth facing significant life challenges. Students in JAG learn to write a resume and how to interview for a job. Students also learn job skills essential to the workplace. JAG continues to support students even after they graduate high school, giving them the confidence needed to make good choices, take responsibility for their decisions, and be contributing members of society. In partnership with the Iowa JAG program, Nebraska launched JAG at three sites in January 2019. The Nebraska Department of Labor and United Way of the Midlands have grown JAG in 2020, with more expansion planned for 2021.
Matt Wallen, Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Analytics for the United Way of the Midlands, overviewed JAG in Nebraska and talked about the program's benefits. Ken Smith, President and CEO of JAG, touted the success JAG has already demonstrated in Nebraska.
Coronavirus survivor Tyler Thompson, a teacher at Gering Public Schools, shared his experience recovering from the coronavirus. He urged young Nebraskans, in particular, to take the virus seriously and to take precautions against its spread.
Dr. Gary Anthone, the State's Chief Medical Officer and Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health, observed “Public Health Thank You Day" by expressing appreciation to the State's public health workers and healthcare professionals. The State Capitol will be illuminated in blue this evening as a display of gratitude for their work to help Nebraskans stay healthy during the pandemic.
Gov. Ricketts: Coronavirus Update
Matt Wallen: Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)
Ken Smith: Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)
Tyler Thompson: Coronavirus Survivor Testimonial
Dr. Gary Anthone: Public Health Thank You Day
Video from this morning's press conference is available by clicking here.