Answering a barrage of questions, the governor said, “I do not see the need to take any additional steps” to control the spread of COVID-19 as a result of the return of students to campuses and the evidence of a growing number of cases at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Hospital capacity will continue to “drive any decisions we make,” he said, and hospital capacity in the state continues to be robust.
Ricketts said he is confident corrections officials will be able to manage the recent outbreak of the virus in state prisons.
The Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln is now under quarantine after 29 inmates tested positive for the virus Friday.
Rounding out the questions that Ricketts fielded at his news briefing, the governor said he felt safe at last week’s Republican National Convention gathering on the lawn at the White House when a crowd of about 2,000 people were seated closely together with hardly anyone wearing a face mask.