Gov. Pete Ricketts discusses TestNebraska, National Guard assistance

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Posted at 2:05 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 19:23:10-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and others held a coronavirus briefing.

Gov. Ricketts mentioned 491 people have been tested at state sites since they opened on Monday.

He’s asking that more people sign up with TestNebraska to see where the state is and use it for scheduling.

Additionally, more hospitals and other labs are joining in to increase the state’s capacity with the goal of 3,000 tests per day.

According to Gov. Ricketts, more testing and results could mean an earlier loosening of restrictions if results show the state is heading in the right direction with a downward trend.

He added that he’s pleased with the progress the state has made, including that as Nebraska tests more, we will see more results.

Lincoln is showing fewer people in the hospital for coronavirus than there was a week from yesterday and ventilator use in Lincoln is also going down.

Omaha is also seeing less ventilator use and the governor said the hospital system is stable.

Gov. Ricketts praised the National Guard and their help with testing and food banks. About 300 tests a day are being done by the National Guard.

Additionally, the National Guard is aiding in PPE distribution.

You can watch the briefing below:

You can also find the stream here.

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