Gov. Ricketts asks Nebraskans to follow six rules to stay healthy

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, March 16, 2020, where he outlined the latest steps taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Governor Pete Ricketts continues to urge Nebraskans to stay home during his daily COVID-19 press conference Friday.

Watch a replay of the press conference below.

Ricketts asked Nebraskans to continue to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected as per the state’s newly minted slogan to accompany its fight against the novel coronavirus.

Thursday, Ricketts proclaimed “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy.” The proclamation states that Nebraska is expected to reach its peak with COVID-19 in the next three weeks.

The governor stressed the importance of Nebraskans following the ‘Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy.’ Those rules can be found below as shared by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on the Facebook page.

The Six Rules to Keep Nebraskans Healthy are listed below.

  • Stay home.  No non-essential errands and no social gatherings.  Respect the ten-person limit.
  • Socially distance your work.  Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace.
  • Shop alone and only shop once a week.  Do not take family with you.
  • Help kids follow social distancing.  Play at home.  No group sports.  And no playgrounds.
  • Help seniors stay at home by shopping for them.  Do not visit long-term care facilities.
  • Exercise daily at home or with an appropriately socially-distanced activity.
    • Nebraskans have been doing a great job of complying with our social distancing directives.
    • These six rules will unite Nebraskans in our shared goal of slowing the spread of the virus as we enter its peak period.

During the conference, Ricketts said Nebraska isn’t planning to release inmates early due to the pandemic like other states.

The governor also said Nebraska has spent $1.2 Million on personal protective equipment since the beginning of the pandemic.

Thursday, Ricketts expanded virus restrictions with a new Directed Health Measure.

A timeline for Directed Health Measures in Nebraska was shared by Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department on their Facebook page and can be viewed below.

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