Nebraska has received 1.25 billion dollars in Cares Act funding. Officials say through the Community Cares Program they're able to target organizations helping those in need with 85 million dollars. Applications to receive help open up Monday.
Storms that brought strong winds, hail and heavy rain to Nebraska overnight also formed a weak tornado that briefly razed farmland west of Fairbury in southeastern Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service.
Phase 2 of loosening restrictions in 89 counties starts June 1st. Bars and gentleman's clubs can open with the same rules as restaurants are under now which is 50 percent capacity and 6 feet separation.
Youth and adult non contact sports are able to start games June 18th.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will open first-come, first-served camping on May 22 at Smith Falls State Park, 35 state recreation areas and wildlife management areas for all camping units, including tents.
"We've all been feeling the impacts of this. Americans are saying in surveys their mental health is being impacted by the pandemic," added Ricketts.
We're told 1 in 5 Nebraskans experience mental health and you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help.
Nebraska may not make its goal of conducting 3,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of May through the state’s TestNebraska program, but Gov. Pete Ricketts expressed confidence Thursday that testers will reach that pace “at some point” if residents continue to sign up.
Nebraska has received 400 vials of Remdesivir which will be distributed to patients with severe symptoms and on ventilators. "This is for folks who are the most severely impacted," said Governor Ricketts.