A COVID-19 Town Hall with Governor Ricketts | Speaking of Nebraska | NET Nebraska

>>> GOOD EVENING, I’M NET NEWS DIRECTOR DENNIS KELLOGG THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF “SPEAKING OF NEBRASKA.” GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS IS BACK AND HE’S HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS DURING TONIGHT’S TOWN HALL DISCUSSION AS WELL AS SHELLY SCHWEDHELM WHO IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN BIOPREPAREDNESS AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE, AND DR. ALI KHAN IS BACK WITH US AS WELL HE’S THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER YOU CAN JOIN THE CONVERSATION TONIGHT BY CALLING US AT 800-676-5446 OR YOU CAN ALSO CALL 402-472-1212 AND YOU CAN ALSO SEND US AN E-MAIL AT NEWS@NETNEBRASKA.ORG WELL, PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY OUTLINED HIS VISION FOR GETTING THE COUNTRY BACK TO NORMAL THE STRATEGY IS A PHASED APPROACH, CONTINGENT IN PART UPON STATES HAVING DATA ABOUT CASE LEVELS AND THE ABILITY TO TRACE THE CONTACTS OF THOSE INFECTED >> GOVERNORS WILL BE EMPOWERED TO TAILOR AN APPROACH THAT MEETS THE DIVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR OWN STATES EVERY STATE IS VERY DIFFERENT THEY’RE ALL BEAUTIFUL WE LOVE THEM ALL, BUT THEY’RE VERY, VERY DIFFERENT IF THEY NEED TO REMAIN CLOSED, WE WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO THAT, AND IF THEY BELIEVE IT IS TIME TO RE-OPEN, WE WILL PROVIDE THEM THE FREEDOM AND GUIDANCE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT TASK AND VERY, VERY QUICKLY DEPENDING ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WE ARE ALSO ENCOURAGING STATES TO WORK TOGETHER TO HARMONIZE THEIR REGIONAL EFFORTS >> SO GOVERNOR RICKETTS, THE PRESIDENT ALSO SPOKE WITH YOU AND THE OTHER 49 GOVERNORS ABOUT THIS PLAN TODAY HE SAID PUBLICLY SOME STATES COULD OPEN AS SOON AS TOMORROW IF THEY MEET THE CRITERIA THAT HE OUTLINED SO, THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS YOUR TIMELINE FOR RE-OPENING NEBRASKA? >> WELL, WE’VE GOT THE PLAN THAT WE LAID OUT ACTUALLY GOING BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF MARCH AND IT REALLY INVOLVES US FOCUSING THE NEXT 14 DAYS SEVEN DAYS AGO WE TALKED ABOUT OUR 21 DAYS TO STAY HOME AND KEEP NEBRASKA HEALTHY WE HAD OUR SIX RULES AROUND KEEPING NEBRASKA HEALTHY ALL PART OF OUR CAMPAIGN TO STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY AND STAY CONNECTED THAT PART OF THE PLAN IS STILL INTACT WE’RE STILL GOING TO GO UNTIL APRIL 30TH ON THAT A LOT OF THE THINGS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT I’VE TALKED ABOUT AS WELL I SAID THAT WHEN WE DO LOOK AT STARTING TO LOOSEN THESE RESTRICTIONS WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT AT ONCE WE’RE GOING TO DO IT IN A PHASED MANNER, USING THEIR TERMINOLOGY, BUT DO IT A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME OR DOING IT A STEP AT A TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER WE DID WASN’T GOING TO ALLOW THE VIRUS TO REALLY SPIKE BACK UP ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT WE’RE REALLY FOCUSED ON IS THE HOSPITAL UTILIZATION HOW MANY HOSPITAL BEDS DO WE HAVE AVAILABLE? HOW MANY INTENSIVE CARE UNITS AVAILABLE? HOW MANY VENTILATORS DO WE HAVE AVAILABLE? AND THAT REALLY OUR WHOLE PLAN HAS BEEN AROUND NOT OVERWHELMING THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND THAT’S A PART OF WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT AS WELL AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED THIS IN THE CLIP YOU SHOWED, AND HE CERTAINLY REINFORCED IT ON THE PHONE CALL WITH US HEY, YOUR SHOT TO CALL AND DR. FAUCI SAID THE SAME THING AT YOUR DISCRETION THAT DOES ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID SAY THERE WHICH IS, HEY, WE’VE GOT A LOT OF DIVERSE STATES IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT NEW YORK STATE VERSES WYOMING, TWO VERY DIFFERENT STATES ONE STATE’S GOT THE MOST DEATHS OF ANYBODY IN OUR COUNTRY, AND WYOMING, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, STILL HAS NO FATALITIES YOU’VE GOT A REALLY BROAD RANGE OF STATES AND HOW THEY’RE BEING IMPACTED AND THIS PLAN REALLY ALLOWS EACH OF THE STATES AND THE GOVERNORS TO BE ABLE TO, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, TAILOR THEIR RESPONSE BACK TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’S RIGHT FOR THAT STATE, AND THAT’S THE SAME THING WE’VE BEEN SAYING ALONG AS WELL WE’RE GOING TO DO A PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR NEBRASKA >> WE’RE STAYING THE COURSE THROUGH APRIL, BUT FROM WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT TODAY, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT LEADS YOU TO THINK THAT MAYBE IN MAY WE’RE GOING TO BE READY TO DO THIS? >> WELL, WE’D ALREADY BEEN THINKING ABOUT, WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO IN MAY? WHAT ARE THE STEPS WE WANT TO TAKE TO START LOOSENING SOME OF THESE RESTRICTIONS AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD WE DO IT? WHEN WE ROLLED THESE OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE, WE DIDN’T DO IT AT ONCE ACROSS THE STATE WE ROLLED IT OUT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STATE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT SOME PARTS OF THE STATE ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE THAT MAY BE PART OF THE PLAN AS WE LOOK AT MAY THERE MAY BE THINGS WE DID THAT WE’RE, LIKE, OKAY, WE’RE COMFORTABLE NOW WE CAN CHANGE THAT RESTRICTION IT’S NOT GOING TO HAVE A BIG IMPACT WE’RE REACHING OUT TO DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES ASKING THEIR OPINION HEY, IF WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS, WHAT WOULD BE BEST PRACTICE? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE? WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS AROUND THAT RIGHT NOW AS WE REALLY THINK ABOUT THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND FOCUSING PEOPLE STAYING HOME AND WHAT HAPPENS AS WE GET INTO MAY AND HOW DO WE WANT TO CHANGE WHAT WE’RE DOING AND REMEMBERING SOME OF OUR DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURES ACTUALLY GO INTO MAY IN FACT, SOME OF THEM GO UNTIL MAY 11TH >> SO YOU MAY NOT DO THIS,

BUT BASED ON THE PRESIDENT’S CRITERIA THAT YOU’VE SEEN, HE SAID AS MANY AS A THIRD OF THE STATES ARE REALLY CLOSE TO RE-OPENING DID YOU FEEL LIKE NEBRASKA’S IN THAT WHERE WE COULD RE-OPEN? >> I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT NEBRASKA, AGAIN IS WE DIDN’T DO THAT SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER THAT MANY STATES DID WE’RE COMING FROM A DIFFERENT POSITION THERE ARE SELECTIVE BUSINESSES THAT WE DID CLOSE THINGS LIKE IN-HOUSE THEATERS, TATTOO PARLORS, MASSAGE THERAPY, SALONS THERE ARE SOME BUSINESSES WE SPECIFICALLY DID OBVIOUSLY RESTAURANTS IS THE BIG ONE WHERE WE CLOSED IT TO IN-PERSON DINING, BUT THE OTHER BUSINESSES WE DIDN’T REALLY SAY YOU HAVE TO BE CLOSED NAL WE SAID YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE REALLY KEEN ON BUSINESSES CONTINUING TO FOLLOW AND WE’LL STILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW EVEN AS WE LIFT SOME RESTRICTIONS, THERE ARE STILL GOING TO BE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THAT IS BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FOLLOW AS WE GO FORWARD IN THE MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, JULY AND SO FORTH >> SHELLY SCHWEDHELM IS ALSO WITH US WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE WE’VE BEEN THROUGH THE EBOLA NAL CRISIS, AND YOU SUPERVISED THE BIOCONTAINMENT UNIT DURING THAT EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE OUTBREAK FIVE YEARS AGO YOU TALKED TO GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BEYOND ABOUT THE WORK THAT’S DONE HERE RIGHT IN NEBRASKA ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOW IS THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE EBOLA OUTBREAK, HOW HAS THAT INFORMED THE DECISIONS WE’RE MAKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC? >> YEAH, I THINK A LOT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF WHAT WE USED THEN IS BEING USED NOW, SO OUR CAREFUL CAUTION IN USING ALL OF OUR INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL GUIDELINES CAREFULLY, SO HOW DO WE GO ABOUT OUR WORK FLOWS? HOW DO WE GO ABOUT OUR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, USING OUR CHECKLISTS AND SAFETY CULTURE? I THINK ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE VERY MUCH THE SAME IT’S JUST THE TRANSMISSION MODE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, SO REQUIRES A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT APPROACH IN SOME OF THOSE THINGS FOR THE MOST PART, A LOT OF SIMILARITIES >> ALL RIGHT, AND DR. KHAN JOINS US AGAIN PREDICTION MODELS ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND VERY WIDELY, BUT YOUR TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING ON MODELS SPECIFIC TO THE STATE OF NEBRASKA BASED ON THIS DATA, YOU’RE PREDICTING THE STATE COULD SEE BETWEEN 50-180 DEATHS DEPENDING ON THE PEAK THIS IS QUITE A BIT LOWER THAN SOME OF THE EARLIER PROJECTIONS THAT WERE CLOSER TO 500 DEATHS HOW DO YOU PUT A MODEL LIKE THIS TOGETHER AND KIND OF WALK US THROUGH WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MODEL? >> BASED ON OUR CONVERSATION TWO WEEKS AGO, AND YOU KNOW THE GOVERNOR’S A BIG FAN OF DATA, HE ASKED US TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S NEBRASKA-SPECIFIC WE PUT TOGETHER A MODEL THAT ASKED A DIFFERENT SET OF QUESTIONS THAN MANY OF THE OTHER MODELS OUT THERE AND DOESN’T HAVE AS MANY OF THE ASSUMPTIONS AROUND WHAT’S GOING ON IN CHINA THAT’S THE BASIS FOR MANY OF THE OTHER MODELS WE TRIED TO THINK ABOUT LOOKING AT THE DATA WE HAD TO SAY DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU REACH THE PEAK, WHAT’S THE LIKELY IMPACT HERE WITHIN NEBRASKA, AND ONE OF THE — A COUPLE THINGS SHOWED UP RIGHT AWAY ONE IS THAT WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING IN THIS STATE HAS BEEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE SO RIGHT AWAY, IT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS NO MATTER WHEN THE PEAK WAS LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THIS STATE WAS MUCH LOWER THAN WHAT OTHERS HAD BEEN PREDICTING IN NUMEROUS OTHER MODELS THAT WAS REFRESHING, THAT OKAY, WHAT WE WERE DOING WAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE, AND THEN IF YOU GO ON TO IT — THIS IS ON A PUBLIC WEBSITE IF YOU GO ON THE PUBLIC WEBSITE YOU CAN THEN SORT OF PUT IN DIFFERENT DATES THAT GIVE YOU A SENSE OF IF WE END UP PEAKING ON THE 16TH OR ON THE 23RD OR ON THE 30TH, APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY CASES AND HOW MANY DEATHS WOULD WE HAVE HERE WITHIN THE STATE? IT’S A DYNAMIC MODEL THAT CHANGES EVERY DAY BASED ON THE DATA, AND THAT’S JUST ONE MORE WAY TO GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT THE MAGNITUDE OF DISEASE IS LIKELY TO BE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY DEPENDING ON WHEN THE DISEASE PEAKS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY >> SO LOOKING AT THE PHASE-IN APPROACH THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED THIS AFTERNOON, IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THAT THAT CONCERNS YOU? >> NO, ACTUALLY AS I SAID, I WAS ENCOURAGED THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CITIZENS OF NEBRASKA ARE PAYING OFF THE ORIGINAL MODELS HAD THOUSANDS OF DEATHS HERE IN NEBRASKA EVENTUALLY THEY GOT SORT OF PARED DOWN TO ABOUT, I BELIEVE, 800 AND THEN 600 AND THEN THE MOST RECENT NUMBERS I SAW WAS 600-400 I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY THE SUPER EXTREME THAT’S OUR NUMBERS ARE MORE 200 WOULD BE AT A MAX POTENTIALLY HOPEFULLY WE’RE TRYING TO GET IT MUCH LOWER THAN THAT, BUT IT WAS ENCOURAGING WHAT NEBRASKANS ARE DOING, IT’S ACTUALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE THIS IS — OUR MODELS SHOW THAT >> BASED ON YOUR MODELING, IS IT POSSIBLE WE’VE ALREADY PEAKED? >> NO, OUR MODELS DON’T SUGGEST THAT ACTUALLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE DATA WITHOUT EVEN GOING TO OUR MODELS, WE ARE NOT IN — THE CASES ARE GOING UP WE HAVE 1,066 CASES CURRENTLY WITHIN THE STATE 24 DEATHS, AND IF YOU JUST LOOK AT IT, IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT WE

ARE ON THE WAY UP RIGHT NOW WITHIN THE STATE >> OKAY THE NEW YORK TIMES CAME OUT WITH AN INTERESTING APPROACH, A MODEL OF THEIR OWN, SO TO SPEAK, ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THEY CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE WHITE HOUSE CAME OUT ON MARCH 16TH WITH THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES IF THEY WOULD HAVE COME OUT WITH THOSE DISTANCING GUIDELINES EVEN TWO WEEKS EARLIER, WE WOULD HAVE EL SAVED 90% OF THE DEATHS AND ONE WEEK EARLIER MAY HAVE SAVED 60% OF THE DEATHS I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, YOU’VE ALWAYS EMPHASIZED SOCIAL DISTANCING, GOVERNOR RICKETTS DO YOU LOOK AT SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND WORRY COMING OUT OF THIS TOO QUICKLY, KNOWING WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT CAN MAKE? >> WELL, CERTAINLY WE WANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WE’RE DOING SO THAT AS WE START LOOSENING THOSE RESTRICTIONS THAT WE DON’T ALLOW THE VIRUS TO SPIKE UP AND REALLY OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT IS TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, SO ANYBODY WHO NEEDS THAT HOSPITAL BED, THAT ICU BED OR THAT VENTILATOR IS ABLE TO ACCESS THAT SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE REALLY FOCUSED ON IS MAKING SURE THAT AS WE LOOSEN THESE RESTRICTIONS THAT WE’RE ALWAYS KEEPING OUR EYE ON THE BALL WITH REGARD TO THAT AND PART OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT ROLLED OUT TODAY IN THEIR PHASED APPROACH DOES PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THOSE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND WHAT’S HAPPENING TO YOUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM >> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS IN THE STATE AND THAT’S HALL COUNTY HALL COUNTY HAS MORE CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES THAN ANY OTHER NEBRASKA COUNTY 339 AS OF THIS EVENING, MOSTLY FROM THE CITY OF GRAND ISLAND WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM SOME OF THOSE RESIDENTS, INCLUDING LACY, WHO SENT US THIS VIDEO >> HI, I’M LACY FROM GRAND ISLAND, AND MY QUESTION TO THE GOVERNOR IS THAT THE RESIDENTS OF GRAND ISLAND ARE DESPERATELY NEEDING YOUR HELP, AND OUR MAYOR HAS ASKED FOR YOUR HELP IN ORDERING STRICTER REGULATIONS, BUT STATES YOU WON’T DO THIS MOST RESIDENTS WANT THIS HERE, SO WHY AREN’T WE ABLE TO GET THE HELP WHEN OUR MAYOR HAS ASKED YOU FOR THE HELP? >> NOW, BEFORE YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTION, I WANT TO ALSO SHOW YOU A QUESTION FROM SUSIE IN HASTINGS SHE SAYS, I’M WATCHING COVID-19 CASES RISE FAST IN ADAMS AND HALL COUNTY, NOW EVEN SURPASSING THE MUCH MORE POPULATED AREA OF OMAHA WHY IS THIS AND DO WE NEED TO DO MORE TO KEEP PEOPLE AT HOME AND REFRAIN FROM GATHERINGS OF TEN OR MORE? SO, GOVERNOR >> GETTING BACK TO WHAT WE’RE DOING IN GRAND ISLAND, WE KNOW THAT THAT’S A HOTSPOT SO WE’VE DEPLOYED MORE RESOURCES THERE WITH REGARD TO TESTING WE’VE DEPLOYED MORE RESOURCES THERE, AND WE NEED TO DO MORE WITH REGARD TO DOING CONTACT TRACING, REALLY FOLLOWING UP ON THOSE CASES, MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE QUARANTINING AT HOME WE’VE REACHED OUT TO THE BUSINESSES IN GRAND ISLAND IN FACT I’VE TALKED TO THE TOP EMPLOYERS TO ASK WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE WITH REGARD TO HOW THEY’RE COMMUNICATING WITH THEIR TEAMMATES, HOW THEY’RE WORKING TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND HEALTHY, WHAT ARE THEY DOING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING I’VE TALKED TO THE MAYOR WE DEPLOYED A LOT OF THAT RIGHT AFTER OUR CONVERSATION WE HAD WITH HIM A COUPLE WEEKS AGO THE LAST CONVERSATION I HAD WITH THE MAYOR, HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESPONSE THAT WE HAD WITH REGARD TO WHAT WE’RE DOING IN GRAND ISLAND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE WE DO HAVE A HOTSPOT THERE IN LARGE PART IT’S SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAVE, RIGHT GRAND ISLAND’S A MANUFACTURING TOWN THAT’S A HARD JOB TO DO FROM HOME SO IT’S NOT EASY TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THOSE AND THAT’S WHY I’VE TALKED A LOT WITH SOME OF THE COMPANIES ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING? PUTTING UP PLEXIGLASS BETWEEN WORKSTATIONS AND SPREADING OUT LUNCHROOMS AND TAKING THE TEMPERATURE OF EVERYBODY WHO’S COMING INTO THE BUILDING, AND MAKING SURE YOU’RE TRANSLATING YOUR STUFF INTO MULTIPLE LANGUAGES JBS, FOR EXAMPLE, IS TRANSLATING THINGS — PUTTING OUT HANDBILLS TO THEIR PEOPLE THEY SEND HOME EVERY NIGHT AND IT’S IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, ARABIC, AND SOMALI TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE REACHING OUT TO THOSE COMMUNITIES ST. FRANCIS ACTUALLY TAKING OUT ADVERTISEMENTS THEY’RE PAYING FOR ADVERTISEMENTS THEY’RE PUTTING OUT IN SPANISH TERESA ANDERSON, THE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR IN GRAND ISLAND, IS WORKING ON WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THEY CAN DO TO REALLY BE MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE TO WHAT IS GOING TO RESONATE WITH FOLKS WHO WHERE ENGLISH IS NOT THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE AND WORKING ON THOSE KINDS OF ASPECTS I THINK THERE’S A VARIETY OF REASONS WHY GRAND ISLAND IS KIND OF THAT HOTSPOT FRANKLY, IT’S NOT UNUSUAL BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCESSING THERE, ESPECIALLY THE FOOD PROCESSING WE SEE THIS IN OTHER STATES, TOO YOU GO LOOK AT SOUTH DAKOTA THEY’VE GOT PROBLEMS WITH FOOD PROCESSING AND WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH OUTBREAKS IN THEIR PLANTS THERE COLORADO, KANSAS, IOWA ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS ARE HAVING THESE SIMILAR SORT OF ISSUES WITH REGARD TO ESPECIALLY FOOD PROCESSING, AND OF COURSE THAT’S A REALLY CRITICAL INDUSTRY TO KEEP OPEN BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S KEEPING OUR FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN STRONG SO IT’S A CHALLENGING PROBLEM TO SOLVE, BUT WE’RE DEPLOYING RESOURCES AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DEPLOY RESOURCES YOU MENTIONED HASTINGS WE JUST HAD THE NATIONAL GUARD DOWN IN HASTINGS FOR A COUPLE DAYS DOING TESTING AGAIN, AROUND WESTERN RESERVE, A FOOD PROCESSING PLANT WE’RE BACK IN GRAND ISLAND NOW DOING MORE TESTING SO, WE’RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE FOLKS ABOUT HOW WE CAN DO IT AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW WE NEED TO DO IS TRAIN UP MORE OF THE FOLKS WHO CAN DO THAT CONTACT FOLLOW UP AND TRACING AND WE’RE WORKING TO BE ABLE

TO DO THAT IN FACT, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA HAS SAID THEY’VE GOT STUDENTS THEY CAN OFFER ALONG THOSE LINES WE’VE KNOW WE’VE GOT MORE WORK TO DO, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS IF YOU LOOK AT GRAND ISLAND, WE HAVEN’T OVERWHELMED THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THERE THEY’VE GOT 16 ICU BEDS I THINK THEY’VE GOT FOLKS IN 14 OF THOSE BEDS OR MAYBE 12 ARE COVID-RELATED THEY’VE GOT A TOTAL OF 18 COVID PATIENTS NINE OF THEM ARE ON VENTILATORS I THINK THEY’VE GOT A TOTAL OF 21 VENTILATORS IN THAT HOSPITAL THEY’VE GOT CAPACITY THERE, AND AS WE’VE SEEN CASES COME IN, WE’VE REALLY LEVERAGED THE STRENGTH OF OUR ENTIRE HOSPITAL SYSTEM TO MOVE PATIENTS, TO MOVE THEM TO OTHER HOSPITALS SO THAT WE DON’T OVERWHELM THAT HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND THAT’S REALLY AGAIN GETTING BACK TO THE KEY IS NOT OVERWHELMING THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, AND WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IN GRAND ISLAND SO THAT EVERYBODY WHO NEEDS THAT CARE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET IT >> DR. KHAN, WE HAD A QUESTION THAT CAME IN AND ABOUT MEAT PACKING PLANTS AND HOW LONG CAN THIS VIRUS STAY ON THE MEAT ITSELF SHOULD THAT BE A CONCERN IF A CONTAMINATED WORKER TOUCHES SOME OF THAT MEAT? >> THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS IS NOT A FOODBORNE ILLNESS I JUST WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE ONE MORE TIME, IT’S NOT A FOODBORNE ILLNESS YOU GET THIS DISEASE FROM RESPIRATORY DROPLETS WHEN YOU TALK TO SOMEBODY, COUGHS AND SNEEZES SO, REASSURE PEOPLE OUT THERE YOU DON’T GET CONTAMINATED FROM EATING FOOD AND MEAT >> AND SO GOVERNOR RICKETTS, I WANT TO JUST STAY ON THIS MEAT PACKING PLANT QUESTION FOR A LITTLE BIT LONGER BECAUSE GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS AND I HAVE SIMILAR POLICIES SHE DIDN’T ORDER THE MANDATORY STAY-AT-HOME EITHER AS WE DID NOT IN NEBRASKA BUT JUST TODAY IN NORTHEAST IOWA, SHE PUT IN SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS GOING FROM GATHERINGS OF 10 TO JUST YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY BECAUSE OF A SPIKE IN COVID-19 IN THAT PART OF THE STATE IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’VE LOOKED AT AS TAKING A SPECIFIC AREA OF THE STATE SAYING, OKAY, THIS QUALIFIES LET’S KEEP PEOPLE AT HOME >> CERTAINLY THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS — WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT TOOLS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE A SITUATION, AND AS I’VE SAID, IF YOU LOOK AT GRAND ISLAND, WE’VE BEEN DOING MORE FOR GRAND ISLAND SPECIFICALLY THAN WE’VE BEEN DOING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE WITH REGARD TO THE TESTING AND THE DEPLOYING RESOURCES TO HELP DO THAT CONTACT TRACING WE NEED TO GET MORE OF THAT GOING ON WE’LL DEFINITELY LOOK AT DIFFERENT TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE IT, AND, AGAIN, SO FAR IN GRAND ISLAND, WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE THIS AND NOT OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, AND THAT REALLY IS THE WHOLE GOAL OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH MAKE SURE EVERYBODY WHO NEEDS THAT CARE CAN GET IT >> ANOTHER QUESTION THAT CAME IN FROM BILL FROM OMAHA, GOVERNOR WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENTS THAT ADD TAXES TO RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS THAT HAVE BEEN HIT HARD TO SUSPEND THESE TAXES UNTIL THESE INDUSTRIES RECOVER? WOULDN’T IT BE BEST IN THE LONG RUN? IF THESE INDUSTRIES FAIL, THERE WON’T BE ANY TAXES COLLECTED AT ALL >> CERTAINLY IT’S A TOUGH SITUATION WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE TAXES, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE OR BUSINESSES ARE BEING IMPACTED DIRECTLY ABOUT IT THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT RESTAURANTS IT’S ABOUT ALL SORTS OF TAXES PROPERTY TAXES, WE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT THAT LAST WEEK IT REALLY IS UP TO THOSE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WE ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINE OF WHETHER IT’S YOUR POLICE, YOUR FIREFIGHTERS, YOUR EMT, THESE ARE THE FOLKS THAT ARE ON THE FRONT LINE OF HELPING KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, SO THOSE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE GOT TO BE FUNDED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN DEPLOY THAT RESCUE SQUAD TO TAKE SOMEBODY WHO MAYBE IS HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT CARE I THINK WE’VE GOT TO BALANCE OFF ALL THESE THINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE NOT MAYBE TAKING AWAY A RESOURCE FROM SOMEBODY WHO’S GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO PROVIDING THAT CARE TO SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS IT >> AND SHELLY SCHWEDHELM, YOU’VE WORKED WITH THE STATE ON GETTING NURSING HOMES, ASSISTED LIVING CENTERS, LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE STATE KIND OF UP TO SPEED AND UP TO DATE ON BEST PRACTICES CAN YOU TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING WITH THEM? >> SURE, WELL, FIRST I WANT TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S DUE OUR STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS HAVE BEEN WORKING TREMENDOUSLY HARD ON THE FRONT LINES IN COLLABORATION WITH THOSE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES SO WHAT OUR INFECTION GRANT TEAM HAS DONE IS REALLY PROVIDE WEBINARS AND THE ABILITY TO TALK TO AN INFECTION PREVENTIONIST WHEN NEEDED AND TO HELP DO TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, ET CETERA SO THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS IS TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE SOME ON-SITE TEAMS TO GO OUT AND DO SORT OF A NON-REGULATORY, JUST VERY SUPPORTIVE VISIT TO KIND OF WALK THROUGH WORK FLOWS, LOOK AT SCREENING OF EMPLOYEES, OFFER ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT IN ANY SORT OF TECHNICAL THINGS THAT WE CAN DO, OR JUST IN TIME TRAINING TOO >> ACROSS THE NATION AND EVEN HERE IN NEBRASKA WE’VE SEEN SOME OF THESE CASES FLARE UP IN THESE TYPES OF FACILITIES WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MAIN REASON FOR IT? IS IT JUST BECAUSE THAT’S A POPULATION THAT’S VULNERABLE TO THAT? >> I THINK MANY OF THE FACILITIES DID A NICE JOB OF REALLY LIMITING VISITORS EARLY, SO THAT WAS VERY HELPFUL, BUT I THINK, YOU KNOW, WITH THIS VIRUS IT’S OFTEN TIMES HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAVE NO SYMPTOMS OR LIMITED SYMPTOMS, AND I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN WE NEED TO HAVE

OUR JOBS, THERE MAY BE A SITUATION WHERE YOU COME TO WORK AND AREN’T FEELING WELL SO, I THINK THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE NOW ARE REALLY HELPFUL, SO MANY OF THEM HAVE STARTED TO PROVIDE MASKS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES TO COME TO WORK, AND THEY’RE DOING REALLY TREMENDOUS SCREENING TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE ILL STAY HOME >> GOVERNOR, WE HAD A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON THE DECISION BY CROSSING OUTLETS IN THE GRETNA AREA, THE SHOPPING CENTER, TO POTENTIALLY RE-OPEN A LITTLE BIT EARLY, MAYBE EVEN AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK WITH A SOFT OPENING AND MORE OF A FULL OPENING IN EARLY MAY WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THAT? WE HAD MANDY FROM OMAHA, ELIJAH FROM LINCOLN, SUSIE FROM NORTH PLATTE, ALL GAVE US QUESTIONS ON THAT MANDY SAYS THAT SHE WORKS THERE AND DOES SHE HAVE TO GO TO WORK IF THEY RE-OPEN? I MEAN, SHE’S CONCERNED ABOUT IT WHAT’S YOUR FEELING ABOUT THAT? >> SURE, FIRST OF ALL BEFORE WE GET TO THAT, I JUST WANT TO TAG ON TO THE END OF SHELLY’S QUESTION BECAUSE ANOTHER GROUP THAT’S BEEN REALLY HELPFUL WITH DEALING WITH THE NURSING HOMES HAS BEEN THE HOSPITALS AS WE’VE GONE TO SOME OF THESE NURSING HOMES AND HAD TO MOVE RESIDENTS — AND WE TRY TO KEEP RESIDENTS IN THE NURSING HOME AND KEEP THEM ISOLATED IF IT’S POSSIBLE BECAUSE THAT’S THE SURROUNDINGS THEY’RE COMFORTABLE WITH, BUT IF WE DO HAVE TO MOVE THEM, THE HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN GREAT WE’VE JUST HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM EVERYWHERE, WHEN WE HAD CARTER HOUSE IN BLAIR AND HAD TO MOVE FOLKS TO — FOLKS LIKE MIDLAND AND ST. EVE’S OR CUSTER COUNTY WE HAD TO MOVE SOME FOLKS TO NORTH PLATTE AND GREAT PLAINS HOSPITAL EVERYBODY’S JUST BEEN FANTASTIC AND WORKING TOGETHER TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN ON THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO DESERVE KUDOS, THAT ALSO GOES IN THERE WITH REGARD TO THE NEBRASKA CROSSING, AGAIN, EXCEPT WITH SOME OF THOSE BUSINESSES I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, SPECIFICALLY LIKE THE SALONS AND THE TATTOO PARLORS AND MASSAGE THERAPY AND INDOOR THEATERS AND THAT SORT OF THING OTHER THAN SOME OF THOSE SELECTED FEW, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYBODY HAD TO CLOSE, SO NEBRASKA CROSSING WASN’T CLOSED, PER SE NOW, I KNOW A LOT OF STORES CHOSE TO CLOSE THERE, AND IT’S THE SAME SORT OF THING WITH REGARD TO THE RE-OPENING THAT, AGAIN, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER RETAIL OUTLET, THEY’VE GOT TO FOLLOW THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES I’LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THAT’S WORKED IN OMAHA, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH THE BIG BOX STORES WHEN THEY WERE STILL OPEN AND TAKING IN PEOPLE, WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING IN AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE MAYOR OF OMAHA DID A GREAT JOB OF CALLING THE STORES, TALKING TO THE MANAGERS, THE REGIONAL MANAGERS, AND SAYING, HEY, YOU’VE GOT TO DO MORE YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE KEEPING PEOPLE DISTANCED SIX FEET APART YOU’VE GOT TO DO MORE ABOUT MAYBE LIMITING HOW MANY PEOPLE GO IN, AND THE STORES REALLY RESPONDED AND DID A GREAT JOB THAT’S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW RETAIL STAYED OPEN BUT FOLLOWED THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND THE RETAIL AT NEBRASKA CROSSING WOULD HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING MAKE SURE THEY’RE FOLLOWING ALL OF THOSE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WITH REGARD TO KEEPING CUSTOMERS SIX FEET APART IF YOU’VE GOT A SMALL STORE, YOU CAN’T LET TOO MANY PEOPLE IN AT ONCE ALL THE THINGS AROUND TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T HAVE THE GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE AGAIN, THAT’S PART OF WHAT WE’VE DONE IS WE’VE SAID, OKAY, THAT’S THE RULES, HOW ALL BUSINESSES HAVE TO OPERATE THESE LAST THREE WEEKS WHAT WE REALLY TOLD NEBRASKANS IS, HEY, WE’VE GOT OUR RULES AROUND STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY, STAY CONNECTED SOME OF THOSE RULES ARE SHOP, BUT ONLY SHOP ONCE A WEEK, AND DON’T TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY GO OUT BY YOURSELF BE EFFICIENT HAVE THAT LIST TO GO OUT SHOPPING SO YOU CAN GO IN, GET IN, AND GET OUT SO WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT THAT AS THEY’RE GOING OUT AND GOING ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND SAYING, THESE LAST THREE WEEKS OF APRIL AND NOW LAST TWO WEEKS OF APRIL WE’RE REALLY ASKING YOU TO STAY HOME YES, WE WANT YOU TO GO TO WORK, BUT WORK FROM HOME IF YOU CAN WE WANT YOU TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, IF YOU GO TO WORK IN THE WORKPLACE AND WHEN YOU SHOP, DO THE SAME THING KEEP THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE, THAT PHYSICAL DISTANCES WE’VE BEEN REMINDED THAT SIX FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER WHILE YOU’RE AT THE STORES IN CHECKOUT LINE, ALL THAT SORT OF STUFF THAT’S HOW WE SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS >> DR. KHAN A QUESTION THAT CAME IN OVER THE PHONE THIS EVENING MARY FROM OMAHA ASKS, WHAT IS MORE EFFECTIVE ANTIGEN OR ANTIBODY TESTING AND WHAT IS PREVENTING US FROM DOING MORE TESTS WITH FASTER RESULTS? >> IT’S ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTING SO, IF WE WANT TO FIND OUT IF YOU’RE CURRENTLY INFECTED, WE DO SOMETHING CALLED A PCR TEST, AND THAT’S USUALLY A SWAB UP YOUR NOSE FOR THE MOST PART BUT THERE’S OTHER WAYS TO DO THAT THAT’S TO TELL IF YOU’RE CURRENTLY TESTING — IF YOU’RE CURRENTLY INFECTED, AND THERE’S ACTUALLY BEEN A MARKED EXPANSION IN THE ABILITY TO DO TESTING HERE IN NEBRASKA SO THE STATE HEALTH LAB, AND I WANT TO GIVE KUDOS TO DR. PETER IWEN YOU HAVE NEBRASKA, YOU HAVE AN AMAZING PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY DIRECTOR THEY CAN DO 300-350 LAB TESTS, AND THEY’RE GOOD FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS I TALKED TO HIM >> WHEN YOU SAY GOOD, YOU MEAN REAGENTS? >> THEY HAVE REAGENTS AND EXTRACTION KITS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 10 DAYS AND THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SWABS AND ALL SORTS OF OTHER STUFF THAT THEY ALSO NEED THEY’RE NOW ABLE TO TEST BOTH

AT ONEWORLD AND CHARLES DREW AND YOU ALREADY DID A CLIP FOR US SHOWING THAT BRYAN IS ALSO TESTING, THERE’S SOME COMMERCIAL LABS TESTING SO TESTING IS GOING UP HERE IN NEBRASKA WHICH IS GOOD NEWS THAT’S THE PCR TESTING IN ADDITION TO THAT, THERE’S A TEST THAT TELLS YOU IF YOU HAVE BEEN INFECTED AND THAT TESTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND THAT’S THE ANTIBODY TEST, AND THAT ANTIBODY TEST IS AVAILABLE HERE IN THE STATE AND THE STATE LAB HAS ALREADY GOT A COUPLE STUDIES GOING ON IN THE STATE TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED IN THE STATE THAT’S ALSO ONGOING HERE WITHIN THE STATE >> SO KNOWING THAT, WITH ALL OF THE TESTING THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED, DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE’RE DOING ENOUGH? >> SO, I THINK — AND I’M GOING TO — THE GOVERNOR CAN PITCH IN I THINK EVERY GOVERNOR IN AMERICA WILL TELL YOU, WE WANT TO DO MORE TESTING WE ARE TESTING ABOUT 860,000 PEOPLE A WEEK IN AMERICA CURRENTLY I WOULD SAY — AND IT’S NOT HOMOGENEOUS, WHICH IS A PROBLEM I THINK WE NEED TO BE PROBABLY THREE TO FIVE TIMES THAT AND THERE’S A LOT OF EFFORTS TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE TESTING CAPACITY IN AMERICA AND THAT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE OPEN BACK UP AGAIN IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SUFFICIENT TESTING SO THAT WE KNOW WHO’S INFECTED, WE CAN FIND THE CASES, ISOLATE THEM, AND THEN, OBVIOUSLY, DO THE CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE PEOPLE AND THAT’S THE PART ABOUT DECREASING CASES IN THE COMMUNITY, AND THE ONLY WAY TO DECREASE CASES IN THE COMMUNITY IS TO FIND THEM AND THEN GET RID OF — FIND THEIR CONTACTS AND DECREASE THE CONTACTS SO, YES, WE NEED TO DO MORE TESTING, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE ARE SLOWLY STARTING TO INCREASE TESTING IN NEBRASKA >> AND, GOVERNOR, IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHEN YOU LOOK AT RE-OPENING THE STATE? IS TESTING GOING TO BE A CRUCIAL PART OF THAT FORMULA? >> I THINK TO DR. KHAN’S POINT, AGAIN, PART OF WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS — AGAIN, MY BIGGEST FOCUS IS REALLY GOING TO BE ON THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO PROVIDE IS THAT CARE, BUT THE TESTING GOES INTO EXACTLY WHAT DR. KHAN WAS SAYING, WHICH IS HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE MANAGING THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE SO THAT WHEN SOMEBODY DOES GET INFECTED, YOU GO TO 30-40 PEOPLE THEY’VE HAD TO CONTACT, THAT DEEP THAT YOU WANT TO GO, AND MAKE SURE ALL THOSE PEOPLE, IF THEY HAD THAT CONTACT, THEY’RE STAYING HOME AND QUARANTINING THAT’S ONE OF THE WAYS YOU SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IS WHEN YOU DETECT IT, YOU KEEP ALL THOSE PEOPLE HOME THE TESTING COMPONENT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT WE DO THAT CONTACT TRACING TO BE ABLE TO DO IT, AND PART OF THAT OVERALL JUST HOW YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON SO IT IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT THING TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND AND TO DR. KHAN’S POINT, WE ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND IT IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAB, BUT WE’RE TRYING TO FIND OTHER WAYS FOR THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND IT AS WELL OTHER STATES, WE’RE TALKING TO THEM, SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING WE’VE TALKED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE’RE PURSUING MULTIPLE CHANNELS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE CAN TO DO TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND THAT TESTING >> OKAY, YOU’RE WATCHING A SPECIAL EPISODE OF “SPEAKING OF NEBRASKA” WITH GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS, SHELLY SCHWEDHELM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BIOPREPAREDNESS OF NEBRASKA MEDICINE, AND DR. ALI KHAN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER GIVE US A CALL THE NUMBER IS 1-800-676-5446, OR 402-474-1212 YOU CAN ALSO SEND US QUESTIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA YOU CAN FIND US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AT NETNEWS NEBRASKA WELL, OVER 1,000 NEBRASKANS HAVE SENT IN QUESTIONS ALREADY, INCLUDING THIS QUESTION THAT WE GOT FROM MIKE >> HI, I’M MIKE FROM LINCOLN TWO DAYS AGO NEW YORK CITY ADDED 3,778 DEATHS TO THEIR COVID-19 DEATH TOTAL THAT HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN COUNTED AS COVID-19 DEATHS BECAUSE THEY HAD DIED AT HOME OR IN NURSING HOMES BUT DID NOT HAVE A CONFIRMED POSITIVE TEST RESULT WHAT IS NEBRASKA DOING TO ENSURE THAT OUR COVID-19 DEATH COUNT IS ACCURATE? >> GOVERNOR, WE’LL LET YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTION >> SURE WHEN IT COMES TO — JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PROCEDURE, THE DOCTOR OR THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS THE ONE WHO DETERMINES THE CAUSE OF DEATH, AND IT IS REALLY UP TO THEM THAT IF THEY HAVE SOMEBODY THEY SUSPECT WAS COVID POSITIVE TO DO THAT TEST ON THE PERSON AS PART OF THE AUTOPSY AGAIN, THAT’S PART OF THE PRIORITIES THAT THOSE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS CAN MAKE SURE THAT THEY ORDER AS PART OF THAT SO IT REALLY IS UP TO THE PERSON WHO IS DOING THE EXAMINATION TO MAKE SURE THAT GETS DONE THAT’S PART OF THE NORMAL PROCEDURE ANYWAY THAT’S NOTHING NEW, AND THAT’S WHAT WE CONTINUE TO RELY UPON IS THOSE PROFESSIONALS TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION ABOUT WHAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS AND GET THE TEST IF THEY THINK IT WARRANTS GETTING THE TEST >> SHELLY, CRAIG FROM — OH, GO AHEAD AND JUMP IN DOCTOR >> CAN I EXTEND THAT A LITTLE BIT, GOVERNOR? >> SURE >> I THINK WHAT NEW YORK CITY DID IS A LITTLE BEYOND THAT, WHICH IS HOW WE SORT OF COUNT FLU DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES

OR WHEN WE SAY THERE’S 30-60,000 FLU DEATHS IN THE STATES EVERY YEAR, IT’S NOT BECAUSE WE SWABBED EVERYBODY’S NOSE AND SAID THAT THEY HAD FLU IT’S BASED ON STATISTICAL MODELS THAT WE IMPROVE EVERY YEAR THAT SAYS WHAT ARE THE EXCESS DEATHS THAT OCCUR? AND SO THE EXPECTATION IS THAT, IN ADDITION TO THE ONES WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET A LAB TEST ON, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE OTHER ESTIMATING METHODS THAT WILL GIVE US A MORE PRECISE ESTIMATE OF HOW MANY TRUE DEATHS THERE PROBABLY WERE HERE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES >> AND SHELLY, CRAIG FROM OMAHA WROTE IN HOW ARE NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED-LIVING CENTERS REPORTING THEIR CASES AND TO WHOM? >> SURE THEY’RE REPORTING THEM JUST LIKE HOSPITALS DO THROUGH THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT SO, THOSE STATISTICS ARE REPORTED OUT EVERY DAY AND ARE PART OF THE LARGER NEBRASKA NUMBERS >> DOWNEY CALLS IN WITH A QUESTION, WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL 911? WHEN SHOULD YOU GET TO THE HOSPITAL? IS EARLY INTERVENTION WITH IV FLUIDS BETTER THAN WAITING UNTIL BREATHING ISSUES SET IN? DR. KHAN, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT? >> OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE IF YOU HAVE MILD ILLNESS THAT YOU STAY HOME AND ISOLATE YOURSELF AT HOME MAKE SURE — BUT IF YOU HAVE MODERATE ILLNESSES — IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING PLEASE GO TO THE HOSPITAL DO NOT TRY TO MANAGE THAT YOURSELF AT HOME >> CAN I SAY — YES, BUT CALL AHEAD OF TIME DON’T JUST SHOW UP [ LAUGHTER ] >> YES, CALL AHEAD OF TIME DON’T JUST SHOW UP, BUT PLEASE DO NOT — THIS IS IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO TRY TO MANAGE AT HOME PLEASE, MAKE SURE YOU CALL AHEAD, CALL 911, BUT — >> LET 911 KNOW >> LET THEM KNOW, BUT MAKE SURE YOU ARE SEEN BY THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM >> GOVERNOR, MIKE FROM SIDNEY WRITES IN AND WE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS ALONG THIS SAME LINE IS THE GOVERNOR CONCERNED ABOUT CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RELATED TO SHUTDOWNS AND HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH THESE? >> SO, IT’S INTERESTING QUESTION THAT MIKE ASKED ABOUT CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WITH REGARD TO PEOPLE’S FREEDOMS AND REALLY THE APPROACH WE’VE TAKEN IN NEBRASKA IS REALLY TO RELY ON PEOPLE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND NEBRASKANS DO THE RIGHT THING WE’VE CALLED ON THEM TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC DUTY, TO DO THEIR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY EVERY NEBRASKAN CAN HAVE A ROLE IN FIGHTING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS HERE IN OUR STATE EVERY NEBRASKAN HAS THE DUTY TO DO THAT, TO DO THE RIGHT THING, AND FOLLOW THE SIX RULES, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WE PUT OUT AROUND STAYING HOME, SOCIAL DISTANCING AT WORK, SHOP ONCE A WEEK, HELP KIDS, HELP SENIORS, EXERCISE AT HOME ALL THOSE SORT OF THINGS ARE WAYS THAT EVERY NEBRASKAN CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS AND, WE ALSO HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE IN A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, AND YOU HAVE POWERS AS GOVERNOR IN AN EMERGENCY THAT YOU DON’T HAVE ORDINARILY, AND THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS FOR THAT AS WELL WE UNDERSTAND AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN YOU DO HAVE THESE TYPES OF EMERGENCIES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE STEPS THAT YOU WOULDN’T IN ORDINARY TIMES WHETHER IT’S A PANDEMIC OR WAR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO AT THE STATE OF NEBRASKA IS REALLY KIND OF BALANCE ALL THOSE THINGS OUT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FIND A WAY TO GET THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF COMPLIANCE FROM PEOPLE WITH REGARD TO FOLLOWING OUR GUIDELINES, BUT ALSO MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE NOT BEING SO RESTRICTIVE THAT PEOPLE GET TIRED OF IT AND DECIDE TO START BREAKING THE BANS AND THAT SORT OF THING BECAUSE THAT COULD HAPPEN IF THAT HAPPENS AT THE WORST TIME AND PEOPLE START IGNORING THE RULES THEN IT CAN BE SELF-DEFEATING WITH REGARD TO SPREADING THE VIRUS >> MICHELLE FROM LINCOLN WRITES IN: THE HOSPITALS IN LINCOLN ARE CLEARLY NOT BEING OVERRUN WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS, THANKFULLY IS THERE ANY HOPE TO RE-OPEN SOME SAME-DAY ELECTIVE SURGERIES? THESE CAN EASILY BE CANCELED AT THE LAST MINUTE IF NEEDED AND WILL PROVIDE WORK FOR MANY MEDICAL STAFF AFFECTED BY THE INABILITY TO DO THESE TYPES OF SURGERIES AND PROVIDE REVENUE FOR THE HOSPITALS AND CLINICS >> SO WHO ARE YOU ASKING ON THAT ONE? [ LAUGHTER ] >> WE’LL START WITH YOU AND THEN GO ELSEWHERE >> SO, MICHELLE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IF YOU LOOK AT LINCOLN AND LANCASTER COUNTY, THEY ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB HERE I THINK THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THE POSITIVITY RATE OR THE RATE OF POSITIVE TESTS WAS ABOUT 3.5% COMPARED TO STATEWIDE IS 7.5% SO THEY’RE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB HERE IN LINCOLN YES, THE HOSPITALS ARE NOT BEING OVERWHELMED BY COVID PATIENTS COMING IN THE QUESTION GOES THEN TO WE HAVE A DIRECTIVE HEALTH MEASURE THAT PROHIBITS ELECTIVE SURGERIES ACROSS THE STATE AND MANY HOSPITALS RELY UPON THIS REVENUE TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS AS I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LOOSENING UP THESE RESTRICTIONS AND WE’VE BEEN TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT THIS, IS BEING ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WHERE IT’S APPROPRIATE WE’RE HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS WE’RE TALKING TO FOLKS, GETTING FEEDBACK AND INPUT WITH REGARD TO HOW THAT MIGHT LOOK, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR ME BECAUSE THAT GETS BACK TO MAKING SURE WE HAVE A STRONG HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO RESPOND TO NOT ONLY THE CORONAVIRUS BUT ALL THE OTHER HEALTH NEEDS WE HAVE HERE

IN THE STATE >> DR. ALI KHAN, DO YOU SEE ANY PROBLEM WITH RE-OPENING THOSE? >> I THINK ACTUALLY YOU DID THE RIGHT ROTATION BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO START WITH — WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE POLITICAL PERMISSION TO DO SO, RIGHT, BUT IF THE — IF THERE’S LOW DISEASE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND THERE’S ENOUGH PPE — YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE’S ENOUGH PPE, ENOUGH BEDS, ET CETERA, THEN ABSOLUTELY IF SOMEBODY NEEDS THEIR SURGERY FOR THEIR HIP REPAIR AND OTHER REPAIRS THAT WE’VE BEEN DELAYING FOR ALL THIS TIME, WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE I KNOW WE CALL THEM ELECTIVE PROCEDURES BUT PEOPLE STILL NEED THEIR HEALTHCARE IT’S NOT LIKE THEY DIDN’T NEED THAT PROCEDURE, RIGHT >> IT’S REALLY ONLY ELECTIVE BECAUSE IT’S PLANNED AND NOT AN EMERGENCY >> RIGHT IT’S NOT AN UNNECESSARY MEDICAL PROCEDURE, SO IF YOU CAN DO THIS SAFELY AND YOU STILL HAVE — YOU’RE NOT GOING TO OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND YOU HAVE GOOD TRIGGERS IN PLACE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, ABSOLUTELY IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO BE ABLE TO START THOSE UP AGAIN >> AND PROACTIVE TESTING WOULD BE HELPFUL TOO I THINK ONCE WE GET BETTER CAPACITY FOR ALL THAT, THAT WOULD HELP, TOO >> SHELLY, I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION THAT JUST CAME IN JEANNIE IN ST. PAUL: HOW SAFE ARE HOMEMADE MASKS? I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN AND I’M WORRIED ABOUT GOING OUT >> YEAH SO HOMEMADE MASKS, WE, AS HEALTHCARE WORKERS WORRY ABOUT THEM A LITTLE BIT FOR OURSELVES IN THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT BECAUSE THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE THE FILTRATION THAT WE NEED AS WE’RE EITHER PROTECTING OUR PATIENTS FROM US OR PUTTING THEM ON OUR PATIENTS TO PROTECT US SO, WE’RE NOT CURRENTLY USING HOMEMADE MASKS IN OUR HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS, BUT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE COMMUNITY, I THINK A HOMEMADE MASK IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, AND IT ACTUALLY DOES A LOT TO REDUCE DROPLET SPREAD, SO YOU’RE REALLY WHEN YOU WEAR A MASK, YOU’RE PROTECTING OTHERS INSTEAD OF REALLY MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR THE OTHER WAY AROUND >> OKAY I WANT TO GO TO ANOTHER VIDEO QUESTION A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING, AND SOME PROGRAMS ARE OFFERING SOME HELP, BUT WE’VE GOT ONE QUESTION FROM A BUSINESS OWNER WITH THIS PARTICULAR QUESTION >> MY NAME IS MIKE ROSS FROM PIERCE, NEBRASKA MY WIFE, LISA, AND I OWN A BUSINESS IN LINCOLN AND A BUSINESS IN OMAHA, THE CORKY CANVAS AND CORKY BOARDS UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, WE’VE HAD TO LAY OFF 17 OF OUR 19 TEAMMATES MY QUESTION TODAY IS ABOUT LIQUOR LICENSES PART OF OUR BUSINESS IS TO SELL ALCOHOL OUR LIQUOR LICENSE EXPIRES IN MAY WE’RE NOT ABLE TO SELL ALCOHOL OR RUN OUR BUSINESS TO GENERATE REVENUE TO PAY FOR THE PERMITS WHAT IS THE STATE AND WHAT ARE THE COUNTIES DOING TO HELP? >> SO GOVERNOR, WE’VE ACTUALLY GOTTEN A COUPLE QUESTIONS ON LIQUOR LICENSES COMING DUE WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER TO MIKE? >> YEAH, SO I APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK ON THAT BECAUSE, AGAIN, THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON SOMETIMES WE DON’T THINK OF EVERYTHING, BUT SIMILAR TO WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH REGARD TO SAY, DRIVER’S LICENSES, WHERE WE’VE EXTENDED THOSE LICENSES OR LICENSES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WE SAID WE’RE EXTENDING THOSE LICENSES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, WE COULD DO THE SAME THING FOR LIQUOR LICENSES IF WE HAVEN’T DONE IT ALREADY SO I WILL TAKE THAT ONE BACK FROM TONIGHT TO GO BACK AND CHECK TO SEE IF THE LIQUOR COMMISSION’S EXTENDED THE FACT THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET THOSE LICENSES RENEWED UNTIL SOME DATE IN THE FUTURE, MAYBE 30 DAYS AFTER WE END THE EMERGENCY BECAUSE THAT’S TYPICALLY WHAT WE’VE DONE IS SAID YOUR LICENSE IS GOOD UNTIL 30 DAYS AFTER THE EMERGENCY ENDS AND THEN YOU’VE GOT TO GET IT RENEWED I WOULD PRESUME WE COULD DO THE SAME THING FOR LIQUOR LICENSES, BUT I’LL TAKE THAT ONE BACK AS A DO FOR ME >> BAMBI FROM AXTELL SAYS WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS? I’VE BEEN OFF WORK SINCE MARCH 16 AND IMMEDIATELY APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS ALONG THESE LINES HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SPEED AT WHICH WE’RE ADDRESSING THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS? >> CERTAINLY WE’D LIKE TO PROCESS THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FASTER I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT SINCE MARCH 1, WE’VE HAD AS MANY APPLICATIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AS WE’VE HAD IN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS COMBINED WE’VE HAD AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER I THINK THIS WEEK THE CLAIMS WERE DOWN SLIGHTLY TO ABOUT 16,000 ALMOST, BUT TO PUT EVEN THAT NUMBER IN PERSPECTIVE, LAST WEEK WAS 26,500 THE WEEK BEFORE THAT WAS NEARLY 24,000 IF YOU PUT IN CONTEXT OF THE BIGGEST WEEK DURING THE GREAT RECESSION WAS ONLY 4,000 SO WE HAVE HAD A TREMENDOUS INFLOW OF PEOPLE APPLYING, AND IT’S NOT SURPRISING THIS IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTRY OUR TYPICAL GUIDELINE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PAY THOSE WITHIN 21-28 DAYS WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT 97% OF THE TIME PRIOR TO THIS EMERGENCY RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT A GOAL OF MAYBE 75% OF THOSE CLAIMS GETTING PAID BETWEEN 21-28 DAYS WE USED TO HAVE 34 PEOPLE THAT WERE OUR CLAIMS ADJUDICATORS THE PEOPLE WHO DECIDE IF A CLAIM WAS GOOD OR NOT WE’VE TAKEN THAT UP NOW, SO

WE’VE GOT ANOTHER 150 PEOPLE IN TRAINING RIGHT NOW WE’VE ACTUALLY OVER MORE THAN DOUBLED THAT STAFF JUST WITHIN OUR OWN STATE RESOURCES I THINK WE BROUGHT IN ABOUT ANOTHER 64 PEOPLE, OR A TOTAL OF 64 PEOPLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WE’VE BROUGHT IN ANOTHER 50 FROM OTHER AGENCIES, AND WE’VE GOT ANOTHER 150 THAT ARE COMING ON BOARD THAT WE’VE HIRED FROM AN OUTSIDE FIRM TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WE ARE TRYING TO RAMP UP THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE ADJUDICATING THE CLAIMS TO PROCESS IT QUICKER WE KNOW FAMILIES ARE HURTING, THAT WE NEED THIS RELIEF, AND WE’RE WORKING AS FAST AS WE CAN TO GET IT OUT ONE OF THE THINGS I’D SAY TO PEOPLE IS YOU CAN TRACK THAT ONLINE ONCE YOU’VE GOT THAT CLAIM FILED, YOU CAN SEE WHERE YOUR PAYMENT IS AND GO TRACK THAT ONLINE THROUGH OUR WEBSITE TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF FIND OUT THAT STATUS, SO WE KNOW THAT THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR GETTING THESE CHECKS WE’RE TRYING TO GET IT DONE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON ANOTHER EMPLOYMENT QUESTION WITH A CERTAIN SITUATION DOMINIC FROM OMAHA TALKS ABOUT AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT YOU PUT IN THAT WAIVED UNEMPLOYMENT FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PEOPLE UNABLE TO WORK DUE TO COVID-19 HE SAYS IT’S FOR CLAIMS THAT WERE MADE BETWEEN MARCH 22ND AND MAY 2ND BUT HE SAYS 16,000 NEBRASKANS APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THE WEEK BEFORE STARTING MARCH 15TH, AND WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDED THAT THE EFFECTIVE DATE WAS JANUARY 27, NEBRASKA WAS THE ONLY STATE TO CHANGE THAT EFFECTIVE DATE SO HE’S SAYING HOW ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO FILED IN MID MARCH, SHOULD THEY BE GRANTED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS? >> THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION I WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT I’LL HAVE TO GO BACK AND DO THE RESEARCH ON THAT ONE I’VE GOT TWO TAKEAWAYS FROM TONIGHT TO GO RUN THAT ONE DOWN WITH REGARD TO WHY WE PICKED THE DATE WE DID WITH REGARD TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS AND SO FORTH ONE OTHER THING I WANT TO HIT UPON AS LONG AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT I KNOW WE HAD JOHN ALBIN ON HERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO TALKING ABOUT THIS, BUT I THINK IT BEARS REPEATING THAT THERE’S TWO PROGRAMS OUT THERE THERE’S THE TYPICAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT PEOPLE CAN APPLY FOR, AND WITH THAT WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS JUST KIND OF THE TYPICAL PROCESS IT WOULD BE FOR A COMPANY THAT WAS ALREADY PAYING INTO THE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND, KIND OF THE NORMAL PROCESS BUT, UNDER THE PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT WAS PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS, THERE’S ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT TYPICALLY BE COVERED IN IF UNEMPLOYMENT, SELF-EMPLOYED, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, PEOPLE WORKING FOR A NON-PROFIT THAT WASN’T PAYING INTO THE SYSTEM YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ORIGINAL UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM, GET REJECTED BECAUSE THAT’S PART OF THE FEDERAL RULES, YOU CAN’T QUALIFY UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM, BUT KEEP WORKING THROUGH THAT PROCESS EVEN WHEN YOU GET THAT NOTION THAT YOU’VE BEEN REJECTED IT’S KIND OF THE FEDERAL RED TAPE THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS AND THEN YOU GET TO APPLY FOR THE PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE THERE’S A SECOND PROGRAM THAT COVERS OTHER PEOPLE THAT WOULD NOT NORMALLY BE COVERED, BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP GOING THROUGH THE STEPS TO BE ABLE TO FILE EVEN IF YOU SEE THAT SIGN THAT SAYS YOU’VE BEEN REJECTED, JUST KEEP GOING THROUGH IT IF YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT WOULD NOT ORDINARILY BE COVERED BUT YOU THINK YOU ARE >> DR. KHAN, A COUPLE OF MEDICAL QUESTIONS HERE BILL IN SYRACUSE SAYS, I’VE HAD THE PNEUMONIA SHOT WILL THIS HELP PROTECT HIM FROM THE VIRUS? >> UNFORTUNATELY NOT, BUT I’M GLAD HE GOT PNEUMONIA SHOT, IT’LL HELP TO PROTECT HIM FROM STREPTOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA >> LORI ASKED, MY HUSBAND HAD A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FIVE YEARS AGO AT UNMC HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN IT’S SAFE FOR HIM TO GO BACK TO WORK AND GO OUT IN PUBLIC AGAIN? TALKING ABOUT THE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO KNOW IT’S OKAY TO GO BACK OUT? >> I’M GLAD HE’S DOING WELL WITH HIS KIDNEY TRANSPLANT HE WILL BE SAFE WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE COMMUNITY IS SAFE SO THE SAME APPLIES TO PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, OBESITY, THE ELDERLY AND AS THE COMMUNITY GETS SAFE AND THE RISK IN THE COMMUNITY GOES DOWN, THAT’S WHEN HIS RISK WILL ALSO GO DOWN TO BE BACK WITHIN THE COMMUNITY >> DR. KHAN, CAN I JUMP IN ON THAT FOR A SECOND? >> SURE >> IS IT SAFE TO SAY THOUGH, SAY WE START RELAXING SOME OF THESE RESTRICTIONS, SO WE’VE GOT A 10-PERSON RULE NOW THAT’S FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT WE GET TO A 50 PERSON RULE AND YOU HAVE LARGER GATHERINGS OF PEOPLE IN PLACES PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE MORE AT RISK LIKE YOU SAID WITH DIABETES OR THIS KIDNEY TRANSPLANT, THEY’RE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY SEE THAT THESE EXTRA RESTRICTIONS ARE BEING LOOSENED UP IN THE COMMUNITY, THEY’RE STILL GOING TO BE PERSONALLY AT RISK SO THEY SHOULD BE EXTRA CAREFUL ABOUT WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO GO IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO OUT IN PUBLIC, STILL AVOID THE LARGE GROUPS >> ABSOLUTELY >> ALL THE THINGS THEY’RE DOING NOW, RIGHT? >> IT’S THE — I TELL PEOPLE WE CASCADE THESE DOWN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION WE CASCADED THEM UP THE HIGH-RISK GROUPS WILL ALWAYS BE THE ONES WHO WILL BE AT HIGH RISK, THE ELDERLY, THOSE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS THOSE WOULD BE THE LAST FOLKS, WHEN YOU HAVE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF ILLNESSES IN THE COMMUNITY, WHEN THEY WOULD SAY OKAY, WE’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE — LEAST LIKELY BE CONCERNED OF MASS MIXING EVENTS AND MASS GATHERINGS EVENTS >> THEY SHOULD STILL ALL AVOID THOSE THEY’RE GOING TO BE AVOIDING THOSE FOR A WHILE >> THEY’RE GOING TO BE AVOIDING THEM THE LONGEST OF ANYBODY ELSE, CORRECT ABSOLUTELY >> DOCTOR, AND SHELLY, I WANT TO BRING YOU IN ON THIS, ACTUALLY A COUPLE QUESTIONS ONE FROM THOMAS IN PAPILLION AND ONE FROM BROOKE IN OMAHA

BASICALLY TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT CAME UP THIS WEEK A SUGGESTION BY TWO STATE SENATORS WHO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME IN CONTACT WITH THE VIRUS AND BUILD HERD IMMUNITY GOOD IDEA? BAD IDEA? >> I DON’T THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA I THINK RIGHT NOW WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO AVOID IS EVEN THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WOULD GET THE ILLNESS, MAYBE IN TOUCH OR GO HOME TO A GRANDPARENT WHO HAS IMMUNOCOMPROMISED CONDITIONS OR COMORBIDITIES IT’S NOT NECESSARILY THE INDIVIDUAL WHO’S HEALTHY THAT WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT IT’S THE ONES THEY’RE IN CONTACT WITH I DON’T THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA >> DR. KHAN? >> SHE’S SPOT ON UNFORTUNATELY HERD IMMUNITY MEANS 60-80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS INFECTED THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK CITY, WITH A SMALL PROPORTION OF PEOPLE INFECTED MULTIPLY THAT TO 60%-80% OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY INFECTED SO, NO, I’M REALLY GLAD WE TOOK THE APPROACH THAT WE TOOK ACROSS THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING HERE IN NEBRASKA TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND WE SEE THE RESULTS OF THAT, RIGHT? INSTEAD OF THESE LARGE NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT ARE PREDICTED, WE’RE SEEING MUCH FEWER DEATHS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WE TOOK THE BEST APPROACH HERD IMMUNITY WOULD HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN CASES THAT WOULD OCCUR >> I MEAN, HERD IMMUNITY — JUMP IN HERE IF I’M WRONG — HERD IMMUNITY JUST MEANS YOU DON’T DO ANYTHING AND YOU HAVE A BIG SPIKE RIGHT AWAY AND THAT OVERWHELMS THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF DOING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO AVOID THAT >> IS IT BETTER TO GET THAT PEAK EARLY AND THEN GO ON THE DOWNSIDE OR WOULD YOU RATHER FLATTEN THINGS OUT? >> HERD IMMUNITY MEANS YOU’RE INFECTING 60%-80% OF AMERICANS THAT’S AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD GET SICK AND WHO WOULD DIE OF COURSE YOU’VE COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM >> ALL AT ONCE IS THE POINT >> IT’S ALL AT ONCE ALL OF THIS WORK WAS TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING >> HERD IMMUNITY’S ACTUALLY NOT A PLAN >> IT’S NOT A PLAN IT’S LIKE DOING NOTHING IT’S THE “DO NOTHING” PLAN ESSENTIALLY >> ASKING A QUESTION FROM WILLIAM WHO SAYS, WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS REGARDING THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS BETWEEN CHILDREN, CHILDREN AND ADULTS AND ADULTS TO CHILDREN? WOULD IT BE A BETTER COURSE OF ACTION TO KEEP VULNERABLE ADULTS AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND THEN ALLOW THE CHILDREN TO HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL? >> IT’S JUST THE WHOLE CYCLE OF IT WE JUST NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT CHILDREN SEEM TO HAVE OBVIOUSLY LESS ABILITY TO DO HAND WASHING AND ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO REDUCING THE VIRUS I THINK, AGAIN, IT’S REALLY HARD WHEN YOU’RE MIXING PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT AGES IN GROUPS I JUST THINK IT’S REALLY HARD TO DO A LITTLE BIT AND NOT ALL I DON’T KNOW, DR. KHAN, IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD >> SO, THE QUESTION IS ABOUT MIXING — >> TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS BETWEEN CHILDREN, CHILDREN AND ADULTS AND ADULTS TO CHILDREN >> SO THE DATA THAT’S AVAILABLE TO US SUGGESTS THAT KIDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO GET INFECTED IT’S UNLIKE FLU WHERE KIDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE INFECTED IN THIS CASE, THE DATA SUGGESTS THAT ACTUALLY ADULTS INFECT KIDS AND KIDS DON’T INFECT ADULTS AND WE’VE SORT OF CLOSED SCHOOLS BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH KIDS MAY BE — KIDS HAVE MILDER ILLNESS WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS MANY TIMES KIDS HAVE MILDER ILLNESS, HOWEVER, UNFORTUNATELY EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY HAVE MILDER ILLNESS, THEY CAN STILL POTENTIALLY INFECT OTHER PEOPLE SO YOU TRY — THEY’RE PART OF THE WHOLE SOCIAL DISTANCING PICTURE WE’VE DECIDED TO INCLUDE THEM BY CLOSING SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR EVERYBODY SO THEY’RE NOT INFECTING OTHERS >> NOW IF I COULD JUMP IN FOR A SECOND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, SCHOOLS ARE PROBABLY THE MOST CONCENTRATED PEOPLE WE HAVE IN OUR SOCIETY WE PUT MORE KIDS INTO A CLASSROOM THAN AN AVERAGE ADULT WILL — ON A TRAIN IF YOU WERE IN NEW YORK CITY, RIGHT? OR ON A BUS IN OMAHA SO YOU’VE GOT THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE, AND AS SHELLY POINTED OUT, THEY’RE NOT PARTICULARLY HEALTH CONSCIOUS THEY COUGH AND SNEEZE ALL OVER EACH OTHER THIS IS WHERE YOU GET — WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO AVOID IS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER BECAUSE THAT’S HOW YOU SPREAD THE VIRUS THAT’S WHY WE’VE HAD SCHOOLS OPERATING WITHOUT STUDENTS I’LL GO BACK TO GIVE MARK SHEPHARD KUDOS FROM FREEMONT BECAUSE HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO DO IT MARCH 9 AFTER WE HAD OUR FIRST PATIENT GO TO A BASKETBALL GAME AT FREMONT, HE MADE THE DECISION TO DO THAT THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE’RE DOING THIS IS SO WE DON’T HAVE THAT SPREAD OF CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY WHERE THEY CAN REALLY SPREAD IT, AND I THINK TO DR. KHAN’S POINT, IT’S NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE KIDS AS ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR GRANDPARENTS >> I HAVE A QUESTION FROM ANONYMOUS IN LINCOLN A PERSON IN MY FAMILY STILL REPORTS FOR WORK DAILY THAT EMPLOYS HUNDREDS OF WORKERS WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT ADEQUATELY OBSERVED NOR ARE

FACE MASKS REQUIRED IF A WORKER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, ARE THEY REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THEIR EMPLOYER? ALSO, IS THAT EMPLOYER REQUIRED TO INFORM THE OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT A COWORKER HAS TESTED POSITIVE? >> WITH REGARD TO PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE TESTING POSITIVE, WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE YOU’RE LETTING PUBLIC HEALTH KNOW THESE ARE THE FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO BE TRACKING IT ONCE YOU LET PUBLIC HEALTH KNOW, WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO IS THEY’RE GOING TO DO THE CONTACT TRACING SO THE EMPLOYER WILL FIND OUT AT THAT POINT BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO GO OUT AND CONTACT EVERYBODY THEY’VE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH SO THAT WOULD INCLUDE ALL THEIR COWORKERS IF THEY’D BEEN TO WORK WHILE THEY HAD BEEN INFECTED THAT’S THE ROUTINE WE WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHEN WE DO OUR CONTACT TRACING, WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK TO EVERYBODY WE REALLY WANT TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE’RE GOING BACK 30-40 DEEP IN THE CONTACTS SO WE’RE GETTING TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO GET THEM TO ISOLATE I WOULD SAY JUST WITH REGARD TO THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION FOR THIS PERSON IS HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR YOU CAN TALK TO THEM ABOUT, HEY, THERE’S THINGS WE CAN DO THAT CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF SOCIAL DISTANCING MAYBE IT’S IN THE LUNCHROOM MAYBE IT’S SPACING OUT THE DESKS IN THE OFFICE MAYBE IT’S PUTTING UP PLEXIGLASS HEY, CAN EVERYBODY AT WORK WEAR MASKS? THINGS LIKE THAT, RIGHT? >> ABSOLUTELY >> THOSE ARE NOT HARD THINGS FOR THE EMPLOYER TO BE ABLE TO DO LIKE I SAID, WHEN WE’VE SEEN WITH THE MAYOR OF OMAHA DID WHEN SHE REACHED OUT TO THE BIG BOX STORES, WHEN OTHER PEOPLE LIKE MAYORS HAVE REACHED OUT TO OTHER COMPANIES AND YOU BRING IT UP I GOT TO TELL YOU 99 TIMES OUT OF 100 THE BUSINESS OWNER HAS BEEN VERY ACCOMMODATING TO SAY, OH, I CAN DO MORE I THINK THAT PART OF THE STEP IS JUST COMMUNICATION JUST REACH OUT AND MAKE THAT REQUEST >> YOU TALKED ABOUT CONTACT TRACING JEFF FROM NORFOLK ASKED MASSACHUSETTS IS BUDGETING $44 MILLION TO HIRE 1,000 CONTACT TRACERS TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES AND TO STOP THE SPREAD THROUGH LB1198, THE UNICAMERAL ALLOCATED $25 MILLION FOR YOUR USE AT DISCRETION TO FIGHT COVID-19 WILL YOU USE SOME OF THOSE FUNDS TO HIRE PEOPLE IN NEBRASKA FOR CONTACT TRACING? >> ACTUALLY, WHEN IT COMES TO CONTACT TRACING, WE ARE PLANNING ON EXPANDING MORE OF THAT IN FACT, WE’RE WORKING WITH THE UNIVERSITY BECAUSE THEY HAVE OFFERED TO BE ABLE TO SUPPLY PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GET TRAINED AND TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT SO, ABSOLUTELY, WE WANT TO EXPAND THAT OUT WITH THE CARES ACT AND THE FACT THAT WE RECEIVED ABOUT $625 MILLION THIS WEEK ON THAT WE’LL START WITH THAT FEDERAL MONEY FIRST WITH REGARD TO HOW WE’RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT ABSOLUTELY, WE’RE GOING TO USE THAT MONEY CONTACT TRACING AS WE’VE TALKED ABOUT IS IMPORTANT AS SHELLY, DR. KHAN’S MENTIONED IT, IT’S IN THE PRESIDENT’S PHASE ONE PLAN THAT IS GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT PART FOR US TO MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING ON TOP OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INFECTED AND MAKING SURE THEY’RE STAYING HOME, THEY’RE QUARANTINING, AND MAKING SURE WE REACH OUT TO EVERYBODY ELSE WHO’S BEEN CONTACTED BY THEM >> DR. KHAN, CRAIG FROM OMAHA SAYS, I ASSUME YOU HAVE OUR CASES WITH THE STATE PLOTTED ON A MAP OTHER THAN I-80, ARE THERE ANY OTHER CORRIDORS THAT ARE CURRENTLY HIGH RISK IN THE STATE? >> I DON’T THINK OF IT IN TERMS OF CORRIDORS WE KNOW WHERE THE MAIN CASES ARE THEY’RE DOUGLAS, THEY’RE ADAMS, THEY’RE HALL COUNTY THAT’S WHERE THE MAIN — AND THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER, I WON’T CALL THEM HOT SPOTS BECAUSE HALL IS WHERE THE HOTSPOT IS THERE’S A COUPLE OTHER PLACES WHERE IS WE KNOW WE HAVE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT IF YOU LOOK NATIONALLY, SO I DO HAVE IT PLOTTED — I ACTUALLY HAVE THE WHOLE STATE PLOTTED AND THE NATION, WE ARE 42ND IN THE NATION IN TERMS OF CASES IF YOU LOOK PER POPULATION WE’RE 45TH IN THE NATION IF YOU LOOK IN TERMS OF DEATH NEBRASKA, AGAIN, THANK YOU, NEBRASKANS, YOU’RE DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE U.S., WE’RE ACTUALLY DOING QUITE WELL IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF CASES AND NUMBER OF DEATHS NOT THAT WE’RE OUT OF THE WOODS YET >> DON’T GET COMPLACENT, ANYBODY >> DON’T GET COMPLACENT STAY HOME STAY SAFE STAY CONNECTED WE STILL HAVE TWO MORE WEEKS OF THIS UNTIL THE END OF THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER, BUT, AND WE STILL SEEM TO BE GOING UP ON CASES RIGHT NOW, BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE’RE 42ND IN TERMS OF CASES IN THE U.S >> SHELLY, I WANT TO ASK YOU, AND WE JUST HAVE A FEW MINUTES LEFT HERE YOU DO A LOT OF TRAINING WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO PEOPLE IN DEALING WITH WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW? >> YEAH, IT’S ALL THOSE BASIC THINGS THE HAND WASHING THE DISTANCING AS WE GO INTO FACILITIES WE REALLY LOOK AT WORKFORCE ISSUES AND MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS ARE SELF-SCREENING OR TEMPERATURE AND SYMPTOMS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND THEN OFFERING THEM TRAINING ON INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL PRACTICES, SO HOW IS THE VIRUS TRANSMISSED BETWEEN PEOPLE AND KEEPING DOORS SHUT AND JUST THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF SEPARATION AND ALL THOSE GOOD THINGS THAT COME WITH JUST THE BASIC PRINCIPLES

>> GOVERNOR, WE’LL GIVE YOU THE LAST WORD ABOUT A MINUTE LEFT HERE OBVIOUSLY THE TOPIC OF THE DAY IS RE-OPENING STATES FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS PHASED-IN APPROACH HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? WE’VE HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT, CAN I HAVE MY WEDDING IN JUNE? WHAT’S YOUR OUTLOOK AT THIS POINT? >> A LOT’S GOING TO DEPEND ON WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AND NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, SO I WOULD SAY RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON RE-OPENING CAN WE FOCUS ON THE RULES WE GOT TO STAY AT HOME RIGHT NOW? [ LAUGHTER ] >> THAT’S WHAT I SAID >> WE’RE GETTING AHEAD HERE >> STAY HOME DON’T MAKE UNNECESSARY TRIPS OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE WORK, BUT WORK FROM HOME WHEN YOU CAN, AND IF YOU’RE IN THE WORKPLACE, SOCIALLY DISTANCE SHOP ONCE A WEEK DON’T TAKE THE ENTIRE FAMILY HELP KIDS PLAY AT HOME DON’T GO TO PLAYGROUNDS DON’T PLAY GROUP SPORTS HELP SENIORS SHOP FOR THEM, RUN ERRANDS FOR THEM SO THEY CAN STAY HOME AND THEN EXERCISE AT HOME OR WITH AN APPROPRIATELY, SOCIALLY-DISTANCED EXERCISE FOCUS ON THOSE THINGS FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS THAT’S WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO HERE IN NEBRASKA WE ARE STARTING TO HAVE THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RE-OPENING I KNOW IT’S TOUGH FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEIR WEDDINGS IN JUNE IT’S JUST TOO EARLY TO SAY FOR HOW MANY PEOPLE IT’S GOING TO BE MORE THAN 10, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO BE THOUSANDS >> WE’RE GOING TO SEE THANKS, GOVERNOR THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR TONIGHT THANK YOU TO GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS AND ALSO TO DR. ALI KHAN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER, AND SHELLY SCHWEDHELM FOR JOINING US AS WELL FROM NEBRASKA MEDICINE AND TO THE NET CREW WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO BRING THIS PROGRAM TO YOU YOU CAN WATCH TONIGHT’S PROGRAM AT NETNEBRASKA.ORG/CORONAVIRUS YOU CAN ALSO SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK’S LIVE TOWN HALL WITH GOVERNOR RICKETTS ON ANOTHER SPECIAL EPISODE OF “SPEAKING OF NEBRASKA.” AND THAT IS GOING TO BE NEXT THURSDAY AT 8:30 CENTRAL ON NET AND NET RADIO AND STREAMING ONLINE UNTIL THEN, I’M NET NEWS DIRECTOR DENNIS KELLOGG