Lincoln, NE (November 10, 2020) Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new online resource to connect nurses and nurse assistants with health care facilities in Nebraska that have staffing needs. The Governor joined the News Conference remotely, as he and First Lady Susanne Shore are both in a 14 day quarantine after having dinner Sunday night with an individual who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The Governor said both he and the first lady feel fine, and have no symptoms of the virus.
Dr. Gary Anthone, the State’s Chief Medical Officer, joined the Governor to highlight the webpage, which is on the Nebraska Center for Nursing website. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Data Strategist Ashley Newmyer also participated in the press conference to overview the State’s contact tracing efforts.
Additionally, the Governor gave an update on the State’s Coronavirus Relief Fund grant programs. On October 19th, Gov. Ricketts had announced the opening of grant programs to assist businesses, non-profits, and care providers affected by the pandemic. Some of these programs have now stopped accepting applications, but others—such as stabilization grants for hotels and convention centers—remain open. Nebraskans interested in applying can visit coronavirus.nebraska.gov.
Dr. Gary Anthone: Online Nursing Center Resource
o I’m hearing from hospital CEOs and CMOs that this has successfully added to their capacity to staff beds in their facilities.
o The Nebraska Center for Nursing
o The Nebraska Assembly of Nursing Deans and Directors, which represents 17 schools of nursing.
o LeadingAge Nebraska
o The Nebraska Health Care Association
Ashley Newmyer: Contact Tracing
Governor Ricketts: Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Programs
o Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) Programs:
o DHHS Programs
o DED Programs
o DHHS Program
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