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Ricketts considering restrictions if COVID trends continue

No additional restrictions announced Thursday
Posted at 1:59 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 19:36:57-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, remotely and in quarantine due to coming into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID, provided an update on the state’s coronavirus response efforts. If the curve doesn’t come down, Ricketts said the state is prepared to enact stricter Directed Health Measures (DHM).

The central theme for today’s press briefing, echoed by all who spoke, was that Nebraskans need to do their part in stopping the spread. This can be done by avoiding the three Cs said each person.

Those are:

  1. Avoiding crowding spaces
  2. Avoid close contact
  3. And avoiding gathering in confined spaces.

On Wednesday, stricter DHMs went into effect but a doctor in Omaha said it’s not enough, saying, “We must do everything we can to reverse these trends. If things get completely out of control, every family in Nebraska will be affected either by a death or by serious illness.”

Read more of the letter here: Neb. Medicine doctor pens COVID-19 warning as cases rise

Other infectious disease experts say stronger measures should've been put in place weeks ago.

“The lag effect from when you change something in the epidemic kinetics and you dramatically reduce transmission it still takes a couple of weeks to see the effect of that and for the curve to start bending," UNMC infectious disease expert Dr. James Lawler said.

In regards to the governor and the first lady’s health, Ricketts said that they both feel fine and have yet to undergo testing. Regardless of the results, the governor said people cannot test out of quarantine, citing those who have tested positive on the last day of the recommended 14-day period.

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3 News Now Reporter Ruta Ulcinaite is providing live updates on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/RutaUlcinaite/status/1326983517880934406

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