Gov. Ricketts gives COVID-19 briefing from quarantine

Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 8:34 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2020 at 1:58 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. - Governor Pete Ricketts is held a press conference on Tuesday to provide updates on the work the State of Nebraska is doing to get Nebraska growing as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The Governor gave his briefing remotely due to COVID-19 exposure. Gov. Ricketts' office announced early Tuesday morning that the Governor and First Lady Susanne Shore have come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Taylor Gage, Director of Strategic Communications said in a statement, “On Sunday night, Governor Ricketts and the First Lady joined three people for dinner outside. One of the people they joined tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. Both the Governor and First Lady will quarantine for 14 days.”

According to Gov. Ricketts, he will be in quarantine until Nov. 22.

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The Governor’s Office said neither the Governor or First Lady are showing any symptoms and they will be tested for the virus at the appropriate time.

Gov. Ricketts noted the importance of maintaining Nebraska’s hospital capacity. Currently, 31% of hospital beds, 29% ICU beds and 74% of ventilators remain available.

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