NE Gov. Pete Ricketts provides update on coronavirus in the state

Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 27, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts held a coronavirus press briefing in Lincoln.

Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new executive order today, relaxing the requirements for medical professionals to practice in the state.

The governor adds the state currently has plenty of doctors focused on the coronavirus pandemic. However, he’s waving some requirements including the initial license fee and FBI background check for them to be able to practice.

He said it’s to help the state prepare for a surge of conravirus cases in the state.

"Whether you're medical students or somebody who is retired and maybe looking to get credentialed in the state, we want to be able to have the ability to be able to surge up to meet the demand that we may have as the coronavirus continues to spread in our state," he said.

He also said the number of cases continues to rise at a gradual pace but the state needs to be ready for a spike. There have been 83 positive cases in Nebraska.

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