Governor Ricketts To Quarantine, WellPower Challenge Began Monday

Governor Ricketts To Quarantine, WellPower Challenge Began Monday
Courtesy of office of Governor Ricketts. Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik (podium) and Gov. Ricketts (TV screen) at Monday’s press conference.

LINCOLN – Earlier this week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a weekly press briefing virtually with the possibility of coming in contact with someone who was being tested for COVID-19.

According to a release from the office of Governor Ricketts on Monday afternoon, the person did test positive for coronavirus. This was a work-related exposure as Governor Ricketts came into close contact with someone on Saturday, January 30. Ricketts will now complete the required seven-day quarantine and as of Monday wasn’t showing any symptoms.

Governor Ricketts stated 650,000 test results have been returned through TestNebraska.

Dave Mlnarik, Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Council, invited Nebraskans to participate in the WellPower Challenge as a way to improve their overall health. The free, web-based challenge started Monday and runs through April 30, 2021. Nebraskans can sign up at Participants can log their activity to earn virtual badges and qualify for prize drawings.

Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour spoke of the need to give attention to every aspect of health by pursuing mental, spiritual and physical wellness. She noted that leading a healthy lifestyle can help a person to fend off disease. Dr. Pour also urged Nebraskans to set aside regular time to focus on their physical fitness.

Sarah Sjolie, CEO of The Wellbeing Partners, talked about building a culture of wellbeing in communities and workplaces. She especially encouraged Nebraskans to take steps to invest in their mental wellness as part of the WellPower Challenge.

Following Monday’s press conference, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, the State’s Director of Public Health Dr. Gary Anthone and others participated in a wellness walk around the State Capitol.

The next press briefing is scheduled for Friday, February 5 and will be hosted virtually by Governor Ricketts.