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Three New Cases of Covid-19 in the Panhandle

 3 new cases of Covid-19 are being reported in the panhandle. (source: KNEP)
3 new cases of Covid-19 are being reported in the panhandle. (source: KNEP) (KNEP)
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 10:11 PM CDT
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Unified Command confirms three more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle:

County

Demographics

Exposure Type

Cheyenne

Male in his 30s

Close contact

Dawes

Male in his teens

Community spread

Scotts Bluff

Male in his teens

Close contact

March 2-June 19, 2020

Total Tests Conducted: 4,526

Positive: 234

Cumulative Positivity Rate: 5.1%

Recovered: 142

Active Cases: 90

Active Hospitalizations: 4

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 28

Deaths: 2

Banner County: 1 case (recovered)

Box Butte County: 3 cases (recovered)

Cheyenne County: 14 cases (3 active, 11 recovered)

Dawes County: 2 cases (1 active, 1 recovered)

Garden County: 4 cases (recovered)

Kimball County: 10 cases (recovered)

Morrill County: 14 cases (4 active, 10 recovered)

Scotts Bluff County: 185 Cases (81 active, 102 recovered, 2 deaths)

Sioux County: 1 case (active)

he Panhandle, along with most other Nebraska counties, will be moving towards decreased restrictions in phase three of the Governor’s Directed Health Measure beginning on June 22. Guidance documents are available at http://pphd.org/COVID-19.html. Public health urges all Panhandle residents to continue the following:

Stay at least six feet away from others. Exposure is considered less than six feet for 15 minutes or more. Social distancing is one of the best prevention strategies we have against this virus.

Wear a mask when social distancing is not possible or when in public spaces or areas.

Frequent handwashing or sanitizing is critical.

Monitor your symptoms and immediately call your doctor, clinic, or our 24/7 line at 308-262-5764 before going anywhere if you are experiencing any of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, body chills, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Please use extra caution if you are over 60 or have any underlying health conditions.

Free drive-thru testing will be offered in two more Panhandle locations this week:

Scottsbluff: Saturday from 8am-Noon: Panhandle Public Health District, 18 W. 16th St

Sidney: Sunday from 8am-Noon: Sidney Regional Medical Center, 1000 Pole Creek Crossing

COVID-19 testing is available at Community Action Health Center: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7am-8am. Testing is open to those that are symptomatic or close contact to a positive case. Sign up today https://tinyurl.com/y7msahzq.

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