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Ricketts: 'We can't get cocky' with Nebraska virus response

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 2:01 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 17:14:35-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says Nebraska is seeing fewer new cases of the coronavirus and its hospitals are well-positioned to treat patients, but that could change quickly if residents don’t continue to take safety precautions.

Ricketts says the state could see another uptick in virus cases due to relaxed social distancing restrictions as well as the recent mass protests over the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.

Nebraska officials confirmed 129 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a number has been trending down from the high of 677 on May 7. Hospital capacity remained relatively strong, with 38% of its bed, 44% of its intensive care unit beds and 80% of its ventilators available for patients.

3 News Now Reporter Jon Kipper provided live updates from Ricketts' press conference:

You can watch the briefing below:

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