22Jun

As Coronavirus Rules Ease Further, Cases Are Falling, but Nebraska Has 'Not Achieved Containment'

Dr. William Lydiatt

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has said the easing of restrictions is supported by data indicating a declining number of cases of COVID-19 in the state. New daily case counts peaked at 677 on May 7 and generally have drifted downward since then.

Meanwhile, medical experts have learned a great deal about dealing with COVID-19.

“We’ve learned a huge amount in the last three to four months,” said Dr. William Lydiatt, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Methodist and Methodist Women’s Hospitals.

Hospitals, he said, also have learned they can shut things down rapidly if they need to in order to preserve hospital capacity, which Ricketts has called his “North Star.”

Although hospitals have reopened for elective surgery, they continue to choose patients carefully, Lydiatt said. They avoid operating on those who are likely to need a long stay or a referral to skilled nursing.

Omaha World-Herald: As coronavirus rules ease further, cases are falling, but Nebraska has 'not achieved containment'