LINCOLN – On April 24, Governor Pete Ricketts announced upcoming changes that ease some restrictions on social gatherings and business operations in Nebraska as of May 4, 2020.

Maintaining the integrity of Nebraska’s health care system has been the State’s top consideration when making decisions about public health measures.  Nebraska continues to have ample capacity to care for the state’s residents.  As of April 24th, 48% of hospital beds, 42% of ICU beds, and 74% of ventilators are available for use statewide.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) CEO Dannette R. Smith joined the Governor at today’s press briefing.  She spoke about the State’s efforts to expand contact tracing to better track the spread of the virus.

Don Arp, Jr., Executive Director of the Nebraska Crime Commission, also participated in this afternoon’s media event.  He shared news that the Crime Commission has received $4.3 million in a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

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