LINCOLN - As the weather warms up state officials are warning Nebraskans to not get lulled into a false sense of security pertaining to COVID-19.

Like March, Governor Pete Ricketts expects April to be a trying month for Nebraskans as increased testing will see the number of lab-confirmed cases continue to rise.

"We can expect April's going to be a tough month folks..." Ricketts said. "We could see the peak of that in mid to late April. We've got a lot of work in getting prepared for that. It's going to be a tough month. That why we need, again, every Nebraskan to be participating in our social-distancing guidelines. No large groups over ten people. Make sure you're washing your hands. Stay home when you're sick. These are the sort of things that will help us slow the spread of the virus here in our state and make sure that we do not overwhelm our health care system."

Currently 18 counties in Nebraska are under a Directed Health Measure. That number is expected to grow as the number of COVID-19 cases rises.