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Ricketts Refuses To Issue Stay-At-Home-Order; State Sees Sixth Covid-19 Related Death

Apr 3, 2020

The Gage County Courthouse

Gov. Pete Ricketts is defending his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn’t necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts says he doesn’t plan to deviate from his current approach, which includes a statewide, non-enforceable recommendation that residents avoid gatherings with more than 10 people. The governor has taken a regional approach as well, ordering bans on 10-person gatherings and forcing restaurants to close their dining rooms in areas where confirmed cases of the virus can’t be traced. Those bans are now in place in 56 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. As of this morning, The sixth death related to coronavirus was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The person was a Gage County resident in her 90s with underlying health conditions. She was also the first case in that county.