Gov. Ricketts says more counties in Nebraska will reopen as soon as he believes it’s safe

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Many businesses in Nebraska are getting the green light to reopen on Monday with restaurants, salons, and tattoo parlors are reopening with limited capacity.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said more counties will be able to reopen as soon as he believes it’s safe.

“We’re loosening these restrictions. We’re doing it in a step by step fashion. We may change the way we loosen those as we see. We’ve got success in loosening them and still preserving the hospital system, which is the whole goal of everything we’re doing. Make sure everyone can get access to the hospital room, the ventilator,” said Gov. Ricketts.

Nebraska is reporting 50% of its hospital beds avaliable and 78% of ventilators open.

The state has close to 4,000 staffed hospital beds in total.

The governor mentions that more counties will be added to the list that can have businesses reopen and encourages all Nebraskans to sign up for a COVID-19 test.

“To see continued loosenings of these restrictions, we’ve gotta be able to do the testing. We’ve gotta be able to do the tracing of people. TestNebraska.com will help us do that. So please sign up if you haven’t already,” said Gov. Ricketts.

For more information on the new District Health Measures for each health department in the state, click here.

Governor Pete Ricketts held a news conference Monday to provide an update on the coronavirus in Nebraska.

Watch a replay of the conference below or here.


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