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.
- 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"
KMTV reporter, Ruta Ulcinaite will have a report later today.
Governor clarified some more vaccination rollout info:— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 4, 2020
*90,000 healthcare workers are in Phase 1A of getting vaccine
*26,000 longterm care residents are also now in Phase 1A
-If vaccines are approved & numbers don't change, NE will get more than 100,000 doses in Dec.
NEW: Longterm care residents will now be in phase 1A of Nebraska's vaccination rollout plan. That's new as of Wednesday, says Governor, but first we're hearing it.— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 4, 2020
Previously they were in group 1B...so not huge change.
Governor Ricketts news conference:— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 4, 2020
NEW: Long term care facilities will now be able to have essential caregivers.
*someone who has worked with resident previously
*trained for position and trained in PPE
*could be family member
*facility could choose not to have these