Ricketts defends Fortenberry as “man of great integrity” | Regional government


Center of Operational Excellence director Matt Singh and Department of Administrative Services director Jason Jackson were among state officials who joined the governor in describing how the new government structure was able to respond quickly to the challenges created by the pandemic. .

The administrative change “allowed us to be flexible in responding to the pandemic,” Ricketts said.

Nebraska may have been at the forefront in acquiring PPE early because it “leveraged the purchasing power of the state” to acquire the equipment, Jackson said.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Gary Anthone praised the ability to acquire vital data on COVID-19 patients and hospital beds on a daily basis after Ricketts decided to base COVID-19 policy decisions on the hospital capacity available in the state.

The new Center of Operational Excellence has facilitated 575 process improvement projects since May 2016, state officials said.

Ricketts began his media briefing, as he always does, urging Nebraskans to “get vaccinated” to protect themselves from the virus, but also later repeated his earlier statements that he was “100% against the warrants. vaccination ”.

“I feel bad for the workers who have to make this choice,” he said, in response to a question about some recent vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

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