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Nebraska Ag Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Response
Nebraska Ag Connection - 03/25/2020

Tuesday, Governor Pete Ricketts joined with Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman and Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson to discuss the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response in rural Nebraska. The Governor also proclaimed March 22-28 as Ag Week in Nebraska and talked about the critical role of the state's farmers and ranchers in providing a stable supply of food in the United States.

Wellman assured Nebraskans of the strong biosecurity measures in place in the state's agricultural industry. He emphasized that Nebraska's livestock and crops are not at risk from the coronavirus. Steve Nelson highlighted measures taken by the Farm Bureau to engage their members in preparing for COVID-19.

Bryan Health President and CEO Russ Gronewold and CHI Health CEO Cliff Robertson also took part in Tuesday's media event. The healthcare leaders talked about their organizations' efforts to expand capacity to test for COVID-19 and care for patients with the virus. They also assured Nebraskans that hospitals in the state have sufficient resources, staffing, and bed capacity to provide medical care to Nebraskans who need it. Additionally, they announced that their healthcare networks are discontinuing elective surgeries for the time being to focus resources on the COVID-19 emergency.

Ricketts emphasized that travelers returning to Nebraska should self-quarantine for 14 days if they are coming back from abroad or from domestic locations where cases of COVID-19 are widespread, such as Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, New York City, San Francisco, or Seattle.

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