LINCOLN – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts kicked off a trio of coronavirus briefings Monday morning.
From the Governor’s Hearing Room in the Nebraska State Capitol, Governor Ricketts was joined by University of Nebraska President Ted Carter along with another survivor of COVID-19.
Governor Ricketts first provided statewide numbers through the weekend along with reminding Nebraskans to do their part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
“So, please keep all those things in mind,” said Ricketts. “And of course, all of this is around making sure that we’re protecting our hospital capacity. Right now, we have 32% of our hospital beds are available, 30% of our ICU beds are available and 68% of our ventilators are available.”
Over the weekend, Nebraska fell to under 800 hospitalizations. If progress continues, Nebraska could move back to the ‘yellow’ phase but are still in the ‘orange’ phase.
“That will allow us to lighten up some of these restrictions,” Ricketts added. “Thank you to everybody who has been helping slow down the spread of the virus. But please continue, this is no time to let down our guard. We need to continue to follow all the rules, use the tools we’ve given and slow down the spread of the virus.”
Nearly 500,000 tests have been returned through Test Nebraska where over 566,000 Nebraskans have signed up for the assessment.
Governor Ricketts will host another press briefing on Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11 from 10 until 10:30 a.m.
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