Gov. Ricketts steadfast on no statewide mask mandate, encourages Nebraskans to follow guidelines

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Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, May 1, 2020. Expanded testing for COVID-19 will start on Monday in Omaha and Grand Island. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Gov. Ricketts held a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday to give an update on Nebraska’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

During the press conference, Ricketts said he will not be issuing any additional mitigations during this time, despite Nebraska seeing climbing cases and hospitalizations.

He urged Nebraskans to follow state guidelines voluntarily and still refuses to issue a statewide mask mandate. Ricketts said that each state has to handle the pandemic according to its own guidances.

“In general, every state has been taking a different approach to how they’re managing the pandemic as given that every state is different. And so I’m sure the Iowa governor, I’ve not talk to her directly about this, but I’m sure she’s doing what she thinks is the best to be able to manage the pandemic in Iowa and that’s what we’ve been doing in Nebraska,” said Ricketts.

The conference also covered various therapeutics being used in Nebraska hospitals in order to help patients with COVID-19, including a new antibody therapy.

You can watch the full conference below.

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