Ricketts Easing Rules Against Elective Surgery, Dental And Vet Visits Posted by John Axtell Date: April 21, 2020 4 Views LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts still hasn’t decided if he will ease or extend the state’s current coronavirus rules when they expire a week from Thursday, but he announced Tuesday he is relaxing some dealing with health care. Elective surgeries, visits to the dentist, and trips to the veterinarian will be allowed starting May 4th – although with some pre-requirements for surgeris. Hospitals will need to have at least 30% of their beds, intensive-care unit space, and ventilators available along with at least two weeks worth of personal protective equipment in stock for employees Ricketts emphasizes that many procedures listed as elective surgery are vital for the patients; they’re elective only because they’re scheduled in advance. PLAY SOUNDBITE Ricketts also announced that Nebraska is expanding its coronavirus testing program, giving healthcare providers the power to choose to test a broader range of patients. Ricketts said the state will continue to push to expand testing even further as more and more testing supplies become available.