NE officials provide update on long-term facilities, youth sports

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Pete Ricketts
Posted at 2:07 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 19:35:15-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and other officials held a coronavirus briefing.

Ricketts started by providing an update on TestNebraska. He says, as of last night, health directors will have faster access to results which will aid in the reporting and tracing of cases. He also provided a phone number, 402-207-9377, for people who have questions from TestNebraska.

When asked what distinguishes a bar from a restaurant, Ricketts said restaurants generally operate with a food license and at least 50% of the business is dedicated to serving diners. Bars that serve a few food items do not qualify and therefore will not be allowed to serve patrons inside the business. They will continue to be able to sell to-go orders though. He recommended talking to local health departments if businesses have questions regarding the policy.

Ricketts and health officials also provided an update on long-term care facilities in Nebraska. They said:

  • 55 facilities have been affected
  • 291 residents have tested positive
  • 223 staff members have tested positive
  • 73 deaths, off of which have been residents, have been reported

In regards to sports and practices, Ricketts said adult sports are still prohibited but youth baseball and softball will begin in June.

He also said no plans have been made in regards to the state fair but it won’t look the same if it goes on.

Watch the full press conference below:

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