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As Pour Calls For Additional Testing Sites, Ricketts Blames Underwhelming Results On No-Shows

May 21, 2020

Nebraska's governor says he's “very pleased” with a coronavirus testing program established by out-of-state contractors. Gov. Pete Ricketts' words of confidence in TestNebraska came Wednesday despite uncertainty that the program will meet a goal of 3,000 tests per day by the month’s end. Nebraska announced the $27 million, no-bid contract with Utah-based Nomi Health and other firms on April 21. The state's chief medical officer says Nebraska tested 1,197 people on Tuesday. Ricketts says the problem stems in part from residents who qualify for a test after filling out an online questionnaire, but don’t show up as scheduled. The Douglas County Director of Health is calling for more COVID-19 testing sites in the county.  Dr. Adi Pour says Test Nebraska officials are looking for additional testing sites.  The Nebraska National Guard, One World Health and Test Nebraska have all conducted testing in the Omaha area over the past two weeks.