Lincoln, NE (November 9, 2020) Governor Pete Ricketts today announced new Directed Health Measures that will take effect statewide on Wednesday. The measures are in response to rising hospitalizations across the state in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Kurth Brashear, VP for Institutional Advancement at Concordia University, also joined the Governor. He is a coronavirus survivor, and underscored the danger of the disease—even for someone who is healthy. He also talked about the lingering health problems some people, including himself, experience after having COVID-19.
Gov. Ricketts: Hospital Capacity
o Hospital capacity metrics are as follows:
Gov. Ricketts: New DHMs
o Six (6) feet of separation between parties is required in all instances for the following: gyms/fitness centers, health spas, restaurants, bars, gentlemen and bottle clubs, weddings, funerals, indoor gatherings, and churches/places of worship.
o Masks are required for staff and patrons at salons, barbershops, massage therapy, bowling alleys, pool halls, body art establishments, and any other indoor businesses where staff and patrons are within six (6) feet of each other for 15 consecutive minutes or more.
o Extracurricular Activities (school and club sponsored)
Kurth Brashear: Taking Coronavirus Seriously
o Shortness of breath
o Back pain
o Very low blood oxygen levels
The Governor also proclaimed November as “Adoption Month” in Nebraska to raise awareness of the need to help children in foster care find permanent homes. Judge Vernon Daniels of the Separate Juvenile Court in Omaha joined the briefing virtually to emphasize the benefits for youth who are adopted out of foster care. Camas Holder, Eastern Service Area Administrator for the Division of Family Services within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, also highlighted the Nebraska Heart Gallery, an initiative to connect youth in foster care with loving, adoptive homes.
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