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Weekly Columns

  • Reopening Prudently

    May 29, 2020

    Over the past three months, Nebraskans have once again shown the world how our grit, determination, and spirit of working together can help us overcome any challenge.  Faced with the greatest public health crisis in over a century, Nebraskans have responded by slowing the spread of the virus, protecting our healthcare system, and taking care of our neighbors. 

  • Stay Connected During Coronavirus

    May 22, 2020

    It’s hard to believe we’ve been battling coronavirus in Nebraska for over two months now.  I applaud Nebraskans for working together and successfully slowing the spread of the virus.  The impact of the virus has been much less severe here than in many other states.  That’s due in part to Nebraskans staying informed, following the rules, and practicing good hygiene and physical distancing.

  • Finding the Right Speed for Nebraska

    May 15, 2020

    As we battle coronavirus as a state, we must work together to practice physical distancing as we reopen the parts of our society that were temporarily closed.  This is a virus for which we have no immunity.  We can’t stop it, but we can slow its spread to ensure that we preserve our healthcare system.

  • Steps to Get Nebraska Growing

    May 05, 2020

    The first case of coronavirus was reported in our state almost eight weeks ago on March 6, 2020.  A week later, I declared a state of emergency due to the risks posed by the virus.  In mid-March, the State began to issue directed health measures (DHMs) to slow the spread of the virus and protect our residents.

  • Take the #TestNebraskaChallenge

    April 23, 2020

    As we approach the third week of the “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy” campaign, I urge Nebraskans to continue to practice strict social distancing.  Now is not the time to relax our guard.  It’s our civic duty to stay committed to our six rules to keep Nebraska healthy:

  • Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy

    April 15, 2020

    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, Nebraska is expected to reach our peak in the coming weeks.  To help Nebraska stay focused on slowing the spread of the virus, I recently designated April 10th – April 30th as “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy.”  As the virus starts to peak in our state, we need Nebraskans to be especially mindful about limiting its spread.

  • Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

    April 09, 2020

    The next several weeks will be key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nebraska.  The virus is expected to peak in Nebraska during the next month.  We can expect more recorded cases as testing expands, and additional deaths as we approach this peak period.

  • Staying Ahead of the Curve

    March 31, 2020

    Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, and here in Nebraska, it has been spreading across the state.  Nebraskans have been preparing themselves to meet the challenge, and are working together to win the war against the virus.  Even so, COVID-19 has not yet reached its peak in the United States, and the month of April will be a critical thirty days in our fight against it.  Now more than ever, every one of us needs to practice good hygiene, avoid large gatherings ... read more

  • The War Against the Virus

    March 24, 2020

    It’s hard to believe how quickly the coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our lives in just a matter of weeks.  I am grateful to Nebraskans for making sacrifices and taking precautions to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people healthy.  Nebraskans have been complying with limitations on social gatherings and practicing good hygiene.  These actions are vitally important as we seek to protect everyone from the virus, especially the most vulnerable people in our state. 

  • Everyone Can Help Stop Coronavirus

    March 17, 2020

    For the foreseeable future, we will all be working to combat coronavirus 2019, also known as COVID-19.  As we work together to confront this pandemic, I want to reiterate simple reminders about how we stop it.