Leaders from Department of Health and Human Services tour UNMC/Nebraska Med

Posted at 9:43 AM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 10:43:10-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visited UNMC/Nebraska Medicine on Saturday.

They toured key facilities including the Davis Global Center. The 20-bed unit was used earlier this year to monitor some of the first Americans in quarantine for the coronavirus.

Like many hospitals around the region, Nebraska Medicine is now dealing with a high number of Covid-19 patients.

Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan spoke about the concerns as the weather gets colder.

"We're all going to be heading indoors as the weather gets much colder here,” he said. “That will create the risk of large indoor gatherings. Again, basic attention to those basic health measures is very important."

UNMC is also a leading facility for the clinical trial of Remdesivir to accelerate recovery from Covid-19.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold highlighted how UNMC/Nebraska Medicine is also taking the lead on pandemic planning and response.

"Regarding Project Next, which of course is our large public private partnership that we are planning on this very campus to bring to reality a system of healthcare that will prevent the impacts of future pandemics and other 21st century crises,” he said.

Governor Pete Ricketts called the training at the facility "groundbreaking" and a "game changer."

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