Nebraska COVID Update, Car Day Featured Among Press Briefing 

Nebraska COVID Update, Car Day Featured Among Press Briefing 
Roger Berry of the Nebraska Ethanol Board delivers remarks at Monday morning’s briefing. Courtesy of the office of Governor Ricketts.

LINCOLN – With more updates on COVID-19 in the state of Nebraska, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts spent most of his Monday morning press briefing addressing the topics of ethanol and motor vehicle services.

From the Governor’s Hearing Room in the Nebraska State Capitol, Governor Ricketts was joined by Roger Berry, administrator for the Nebraska Ethanol Board who highlighted the E30 demonstration project; Dr. Rajib Saha, assistant professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Rhonda Lahm, Director for Department of Motor Vehicles

Governor Ricketts first had a reminder for those who are 65 and older.

“The monoclonal antibody treatment is a great way to be able to, if you start getting that first sniffle, this is a great way to make sure that you can avoid the very severe aspects of getting the virus. So, please talk to your doctor about that and doctors please prescribe that for you patients if they qualify; that’s an important treatment.”

It was stated Monday morning that over the weekend the state was down to 136 hospitalizations and was up to 142 on Monday. This was the same level Nebraska was at last end of July/early August.

Governor Ricketts said there is a robust hospital capacity with 38% of hospital beds available, 40% of ICU beds and 80% of the ventilators available.

Test Nebraska has delivered over 702,000 through testnebraska.com.

Over 519,000 vaccines have been administered as of Monday. Nebraska ranked 23rd in percent of population of one dose (18%), 16th with a percent of population with two doses (10%) and 29th in percent of doses used (78%).

Visit vaccinate.ne.gov or call 833-998-2275 to find out when your turn is coming up to get vaccinated.

The next press briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. with an expected topic of coronavirus vaccination.

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