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Gov. Ricketts provided updates on the state response to COVID-19

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 10:01 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:46:42-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference this morning to provide updates on COVID-19 and the state's response to the pandemic.

Highlights from the conference

Hospitalizations down | 845 COVID hospitalizations as of Friday

  • Quarantine change now in effect as of Thursday night. CDC changed quarantine guidelines from 14 days to 7/10 earlier this week.
  • Suicides among those under 20-years-old doubled this year compared to 2019, secondary effects of COVID.

Vaccine distribution

  • Initial round focusing on healthcare providers
  • Long term care facility residents are now part of phase 1A in regards to vaccine. Long term care workers were already in 1A. This was put into effect late Wednesday.

Jim Engelbart | Brewery Craft Brewers Guild, Empyrean Brewery in Lincoln

  • Hospitality and entertainment industry hit hard
  • 52 breweries across the state
  • Support breweries, they’re struggling
  • Suggests "Small Brewery Sunday"

Essential Caregivers at Longterm Care Facilities - New Guidance

KMTV reporter, Ruta Ulcinaite will have a report later today.