Ricketts Warns State May Be Dealing With COVID-19 For 9-12 Months Posted by John Axtell Date: March 10, 2020 3 Views LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governor Pete Ricketts is warning that Nebraska could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for the next 9 to 12 months, and he’s urging the public to take precautionary steps to keep it from spreading. Ricketts says there aren’t any indications yet that it’s moving out into communities. The state’s 3 confirmed cases are a 36-year old Omaha woman who became infected while visiting Great Britain last month, her father, and her brother. She’s now in critical condition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Bio-Containment unit in Omaha while her father and brother have milder symptoms and are self-quarantined at home.