LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts spoke at a Thursday press conference at the state capitol virtually after he and his wife discovered they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Ricketts said the pandemic is getting worse, with both cases and hospitalizations on the rise. In the span of seven weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations rose from about 200 to 885.
“Folks, we gotta knock down this curve, we gotta flatten the curve here so we’re not seeing the increasing hospitalizations we’ve seen. And if that doesn’t happen, we will have to take more restrictive measures such as we saw in the spring,” said Ricketts. “Again, as I’ve said, though I oppose a mask mandate, we need to teach people when to use a mask. I do believe masks work.”
Ricketts said the goal is ensure hospital beds are available to those who need it and that Nebraska has been successful in maintaining that availability so far.
Also, at the press conference, Ricketts recognized nurse with a proclamation for Nurses Day.
Ricketts also reminded Nebraskans to avoid the confined places and close spaces, and also reiterated to slow the spread by wearing a mask and washing your hands.
Watch a replay of the press conference below.