38 New Cases of Covid-19 Reported in the Panhandle

38 new cases of Covid-19; 28 newly recovered
38 new cases of Covid-19; 28 newly recovered
38 new cases of Covid-19; 28 newly recovered(Graytv)
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 5:15 PM CDT
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Press release- "Unified Command confirms 38 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle since last reporting on Monday, September 14. The investigations are underway, all close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored for symptoms by public health officials.

Children 19 and under: 7

Box Butte 2 Close Contact

Dawes 1 Close Contact

Scotts Bluff 1 Close Contact

Scotts Bluff 1 Community Spread

Scotts Bluff 1 Unknown

Sheridan 1 Close Contact

Adults: 31

Box Butte 2 Close Contact

Box Butte 5 Community Spread

Cheyenne 4 Close Contact

Dawes 1 Close Contact

Grant 1 Close Contact

Morrill 1 Close Contact

Morrill 1 Community Spread

Scotts Bluff 3 Close Contact

Scotts Bluff 5 Community Spread

Sheridan 2 Close Contact

Sheridan 4 Community Spread

Sheridan 2 Travel

Unified Command confirms 28 more recoveries in the Panhandle:

Recovered: 28

Box Butte 6

Cheyenne 2

Dawes 4

Morrill 1

Scotts Bluff 12

Sheridan 3

March 2-September 17, 2020

  • Total Tests Conducted: 13,422
  • Positive: 794
  • Cumulative Positivity Rate: 5.7%
  • Recovered: 694
  • Active Cases: 92
  • Deaths: 8
  • Active Hospitalizations: 8
  • Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 78

Testing information and access for the Panhandle area:

  • You can sign up for the following free testing at or 402-207-9377:
  • Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance: Monday-Friday, 9-10am
    • Ambulance Bay on the east side of the emergency department, watch for the green arrows
  • Chadron Community Hospital: Mondays & Fridays, 7-9am
    • Collections are at 821 Morehead Street (Old Hospital ER Entrance next to Wilson Park)
    • Other testing opportunities for symptomatic patients may be available through the hospital as ordered by your Primary Care Practitioner, call the hospital at 747-2466 with questions.
  • Gordon Memorial Hospital: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm
  • Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff: Mondays & Fridays, Noon-4pm; Wednesdays, 2-6pm
  • Sidney Regional Medical Center: Tuesdays & Thursday, 7-9am
  • Community Action Health Center in Gering: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 7-8am
  • Testing is free, sign up at
  • Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport: Daily
  • Call 308-262-1616 for testing, same day results
  • Contact your local hospital or clinic for information on testing access.

The Governor’s Directed Health Measure does not change the Long-term Care COVID Phasing Guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The mitigation efforts that have been put in place remain critically important, especially in long-term care settings where residents may be more vulnerable to virus exposure. This guidance can be found here:

Facilities are working hard to balance staff and resident safety and precautions with expectations of the resident’s loved ones. If you have a loved one in a facility, be sure to call before going to stay up-to-date on which phase they are in for resident safety and what ways are offered to connect with your loved one."

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