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Gov. Ricketts discusses back to school plans, COVID testing in Nebraska

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 9:34 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 11:51:38-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and other officials held a press conference to discuss a variety of issues, including back to school plans for the state's community colleges and Catholic schools.

Ricketts started off by talking about delays in test results when using services other than TestNebraska sites.

On average, the governor said results from TestNebraska are taking 3.5 days while some other providers are taking up to 15 or 16 days to provide results. Ricketts said TestNebraska is working on lowering the turnaround by looking at options such as additional staff.

Speakers from Nebraska’s Community College Association and Catholic schools of Grand Island talked about safety measures they are taking to carry out in-person education and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Both said they committed to providing in-person education to students but are willing to work with students and families that would rather learn remotely or learn via a hybrid of in-person and remote education.

For people that are underemployed or out work due to the pandemic, community colleges in Nebraska are ready to help.

Ricketts and Greg Adams of the Nebraska Community College Association said grants are currently available for people wanting to pursue a new career and advised anyone who's interested to contact one of the state's community colleges.

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