Lincoln, NE (December 11, 2020) Governor Pete Ricketts announced Friday that the State is moving from the “orange” to “yellow” phase of its coronavirus pandemic response plan. As a result, the State is issuing new Directed Health Measures (DHMs) effective 12:01 AM on Saturday. The new DHMs change some of the restrictions put in place to help manage the coronavirus pandemic.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, protecting Nebraska’s hospitals has been the ‘north star’ guiding our strategic response to the coronavirus,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Coronavirus hospitalizations have decreased from where they were three weeks ago. As a result, we’re updating the State’s DHMs in keeping with our pandemic plan. The virus is still present in our communities, and we all need to continue using the tools we have to slow its spread. I especially urge Nebraskans to be mindful of at-risk loved ones when making plans to celebrate the holidays. Let’s all take personal responsibility to stay healthy and keep Nebraska headed in the right direction.”
Nebraska’s pandemic response plan links DHM restrictions to the percentage of staffed hospital beds in Nebraska filled by coronavirus patients. The percentage is below 20% (7-day rolling average), which is the threshold for the State moving to the “yellow” phase of its pandemic plan.
Moving from the “orange” to “yellow” phase involves the following DHM changes: