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Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and make changes as necessary

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Since mid-September, most of Nebraska has eased back its Directed Health Measures.

Right now most of the counties are in what is considered Phase 4.
It means outdoor venues can operate at full capacity, while indoor venues can be at 75-percent.

Events with gatherings of more than 500 people are allowed, but organizers of those events have to coordinate with their area public health directors.

But with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the state, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is being asked if those measures should be designated once again.

"We're looking at the data that we have from our contact tracing, and I will tell you that just in general when you look across at where those cases are coming from, there is not a particular one that seems to jump out like in big crowd sizes," said Ricketts during a Wednesday news conference. "But we're going to continue to evaluate the data and work with our public health departments continue to monitor where we are with hospitalizations and certainly make changes as we feel necessary."

According to figures released from the state, more than 53,500 residents have tested positive for the virus, since the pandemic began.

Watch Gov. Ricketts' Wednesday news conference here.

Blake Branch

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