Gov. Ricketts lays out how restrictions will change based on hospital capacity
LINCOLN, Neb. - Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska will take a phased approach to public health restrictions based on the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients. As soon as the percentage of coronavirus-related hospitalizations increases above certain thresholds, restrictions will be tightened.
If the percentage of coronavirus-related hospitalizations declines below the thresholds (on average, over a seven-day period) restrictions will be relaxed. A document outlining each of the five, color-coded phases is available by clicking here. Currently, Nebraska is in the “orange” phase, which is the second most restrictive.
The State is issuing a new Directed Health Measure (DHM) effective statewide as of Monday, November 16th. It temporarily halts elective surgeries that can wait four weeks or longer without substantially changing a patient’s outcome. In addition to the restriction on elective surgeries, the new DHM includes all of the health measures that took effect on November 11, 2020 (see an outline of these changes by clicking here).
Currently, 20 percent of hospital beds in Nebraska are taken up due to coronavirus patients. The Governor says there are 905 current COVID-19 hospitalizations with about 25 new patients each day. If we get to 1,170 COVID-19 hospitalizations that would put the hospital capacity at 25 percent.
Hospital capacity will be the guideline for future restrictions. View the restrictions in the chart below.
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