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Local health departments respond to Ricketts push for normalcy

(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The state is now one step closer to normalcy after the pandemic with Governor Ricketts announcing his Reconnect Nebraska campaign on Monday. He encouraged Nebraskans to get out and enjoy the summer.

This comes as the state is seeing some of their lowest COVID-19 numbers in a really long time.

In the last two weeks, there were just 73 new cases across all the Tri-Cities. Local health departments say this was made possible thanks to the vaccine and all of the people who have followed precautions since the pandemic began.

“We had a 7% positivity last week and that was the first time we’ve been in single digits since I can’t remember when,” Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson said. “We are very excited to see we have that few of cases and the positivity rate shows us we are winning the battle but are not completely done yet.”

The Department of Health and Human Services have put an end to Directed Health Measures, now the recommendations will go back to local health departments.

Local health departments encourage people to be careful and get vaccinated if they have not already.

“It’s effective, it’s a safe vaccine,” Michele Bever, Director of South Heartland District Health Department said. “It’s very effective, we’ve seen that already in examples across the state and nation so really encourage people to continue to get vaccinated.”

Health departments and the governor all encourage more people to get a vaccine if they have not already. To register for a vaccination, you can click here.

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