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Gov. Ricketts: State has spent $1.2M on personal protective equipment

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says the state has spent over 1.2 million dollars to purchase personal protective equipment for the state since the pandemic began.

From those funds, Ricketts said about 1.9 million gloves and over 240,000 surgical masks have been purchased for health care providers. This PPE will be needed during what Ricketts calls a critical time for residents.

Ricketts has said, based on models, the state will hit the peak of identified COVID-19 cases in the last week of April. As a result, he has issued a proclamation called, "21 Days to Keep Nebraska Healthy."

He said there are some basic rules he wants residents to follow.

"We want you to stay home, no unnecessary trips outside of the house. We want you to work, work from home if you can and social distance whenever you can," said Gov. Ricketts. "We also want you to go shop, but only shop once a week and don't take the entier family with you. Go by yourself. We want you to help kids, that's number four. Help kids with social distancing. Have kids play at home for the next three weeks."

Ricketts said you should also help the elderly during this time, and try to get some exercise.

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April 10 Update: NE Gov. Ricketts COVID-19 Press Conference

Gov. Ricketts: State has spent on personal protective equipmentFor the latest COVID-19 coverage:

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Friday, April 10, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday at 2 p.m. to update the public on the state's COVID-19 response.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on, click here.

Click here to watch the news conference on KTIV's Facebook Page.

KTIV will also be broadcasting the news conference live on channel 4.1.

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