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Gov. Ricketts, DHHS CEO Smith Present Demographic Data on Coronavirus Disease

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Justin Pinkerman, 402-471-1967


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts, DHHS CEO Smith Present Demographic Data on Coronavirus Disease



Gov. Ricketts (podium) and DHHS CEO Dannette R. Smith (standing, far left)

at this afternoon’s press conference.


Video from today’s briefing is available by clicking here.

Governor Press Release - 5.29 - SPANISH.pdf 

LINCOLN – Today, at an afternoon press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts shared new demographic data on coronavirus cases and fatalities.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership with Local Health Departments, has been working diligently to collect and compile the data.


DHHS CEO Dannette R. Smith joined the Governor to provide coronavirus statistics broken down by race, ethnicity, age, and gender.  Additionally, John C. Wyvill, Executive Director for the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH), took part in today’s briefing.  He talked about the challenges that deaf and hard of hearing Nebraskans have encountered as more people wear masks.


Gov. Ricketts: Test Nebraska

·     We continue to encourage people to take the assessment.

·     I want to remind people that Test Nebraska will operate in the following communities next week:

o  Chadron, Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Broken Bow, Burwell, St. Paul, Valentine, O’Neill, Norfolk, Columbus, York, Lincoln, Fremont, Bellevue, and Omaha.

·     Additional information on the specific locations of the testing sites will be posted on soon.


Dannette Smith: Public Health Data