Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press briefing at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Governor reported that coronavirus-related hospitalizations have declined over 30% since November 20th. Nebraska is currently in the “yellow" phase of its pandemic response plan.
Gov. Ricketts also shared news that over 1,700 Nebraskans had already received their coronavirus vaccination as of this morning. The initial doses have gone to frontline healthcare workers such as critical care physicians and nurses, ER staff, and people who handle infectious materials at hospitals. So far, 13 hospitals have administered vaccines.
Angie Ling, Incident Commander for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), joined the Governor to overview the State's COVID-19 vaccination plan and the work being done to implement it.
Rabbi Mendel Katzman, Executive Director of One Chabad in Omaha, shared a Hanukkah reflection. The Hanukkah celebration, known as the Festival of Lights, began on December 10th and continues through December 18th.
Weysan Dun, community volunteer leader with the American Red Cross, emphasized the ongoing need for blood donations. He also informed Nebraskans about upcoming opportunities to give blood.
Gov. Ricketts: Coronavirus Vaccination
Angie Ling: Coronavirus Vaccination
Rabbi Mendel Katzman: Hanukkah
Weysan Dun: Blood Donation
Video from today's press conference is available by clicking here.