OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More Nebraska cities are passing mask mandates as the number of virus cases continues to surge across the state, but Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts continues to reject the idea of a statewide mask mandate.

According to a release from the city, Ralston is poised to consider a mask mandate Thursday at 2 p.m. during an "emergency meeting" with board of health officials.

Gretna will be considering a mandate on Monday, Nov. 25. Several other cities, including Fairbury, Grand Island and Hastings are also considering mask rules.

Kearney and Beatrice passed mask requirements Tuesday to join Lincoln and Omaha as Nebraska cities that require citizens to wear masks.

Nebraska continues to have the sixth-highest rate of new cases in the country. Over the past week, one out of every 120 people in the state has been diagnosed with COVID-19.