Nebraska doctors call on governor to enforce more restrictions over coronavirus

Source: The Hill | April 5, 2020 | Justin Wise

More than 40 Nebraska doctors are calling on the state’s governor, Pete Ricketts (R), to implement stricter social-distancing requirements that “force people to stay at home” amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. 

“COVID-19’s arrival has been much swifter than we ever imagined,” Dr. Libby Crockett, an OB-GYN, and Dr. Rebecca Steinke, a family physician, wrote in an open letter published in the Omaha-World Herald on Saturday. The letter was signed by 43 other physicians in Grand Island, Neb.

The physicians warn that novel coronavirus has already begun to strain the capacity of Grand Island’s health system. They also caution that the number of people infected with the disease could be much higher in their community than the official tally due to a lack of testing. 

They wrote that there were 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hall County, where Grand Island is located, as of Saturday morning, up from three just last week. Though because of a lack of testing, Steinke and Crockett warn that thousands could be infected with the virus without knowing it. 

A set of more stringent restrictions on travel needs to be enforced in response, the two argued. 

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