May 21, 2020 1:03 AM

Ricketts pleased with TestNebraska program despite hiccups

Posted May 21, 2020 1:03 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's governor says he's “very pleased” with a coronavirus testing program established by out-of-state contractors.

Gov. Pete Ricketts' words of confidence in TestNebraska came Wednesday despite uncertainty that the program will meet a goal of 3,000 tests per day by the month’s end.

Nebraska announced the $27 million, no-bid contract with Utah-based Nomi Health and other firms on April 21.

The state's chief medical officer says Nebraska tested 1,197 people on Tuesday.

Ricketts says the problem stems in part from residents who qualify for a test after filling out an online questionnaire, but don’t show up as scheduled.

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