Ricketts Admits State Dropped The Ball On Contact Tracing

     Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is acknowledging that state officials should have moved more quickly to interview people who contracted the coronavirus in recent weeks so they could warn others who may have been exposed. 

        Contact tracing begins at the regional health district, but the state has a pool of over a thousand tracers to provide help to the local districts when needed.

      Ricketts told his latest coronavirus update news conference Friday that he learned only recently that the system wasn’t working during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Ricketts says everyone involved feels that such a backlog is unacceptable and is being addressed.

Some people who tested positive recently have waited more than a week for one of the state’s “contract tracers” to ask where they’ve been and who they might have infected, part of a broader effort to slow the virus’ spread.