Nebraska Receives Grade of A+ for Coronavirus Pandemic Response

(Lincoln, NE) -- Nebraska scores high on a list of how states handled the COVID pandemic.

The National Bureau of Economic Research graded Nebraska’s pandemic response as an A+. Nebraska ranked second nationally on the evaluation, which the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board featured on April 10th. Utah came in at first on the list.

“In Nebraska, we allowed people to live a more normal life, while working together to keep people healthy,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “We avoided mask mandates, vaccine passports, and lockdowns, and instead trusted the good sense of Nebraskans to do the right thing. Our pandemic approach helped slowed the spread of the virus to protect hospitals. At the same time, it provided students the opportunity for in-person learning, gave businesses the freedom to serve customers, and allowed people to stay connected in our communities. Thank you to everyone whose sacrifices helped our state power through the pandemic.”

The NEBR working paper, “A Final Report Card on the States’ Response to COVID-19,” is available by clicking here.

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