Ricketts Under Quarantine For Second Time In 3 Months

     Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is isolating himself from the public for the second time during the coronavirus pandemic after being exposed to a person over the weekend who showed symptoms of COVID-19. 

        Ricketts says he was near the person for longer than 15 minutes on Saturday, calling it a work-related contact and adding that the person is still awaiting the results of a COVID test taken later. 

       His office says the governor will complete the required 7-day quarantine, has not tested positive, is not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, and will be tested again in the future.

       Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore were in quarantine for 14 days in November after having dinner outdoors with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 the following day. Neither the governor or his wife developed the disease. 

      Ricketts on Monday had been scheduled to once again participate in the Governor’s Annual Wellness Walk around the Capitol to promote fitness, but Lt Gov Mike Foley took his place.