Unified command confirms third COVID-19-related death in Panhandle

The third COVID-19 related death in the Panhandle was reported in Scotts Bluff County. A woman in her 90s with underlying health problems has passed away.

“We offer our sincerest sympathy to his family. Increased precautions remain critical against this virus, especially to protect our most vulnerable in the community, “said Paulette Schnell, Director of the Scotts Bluff County Health Department.

The Panhandle, along with most other Nebraska counties, moved toward loosening restrictions on phase three of the governor-led Health Measure beginning today, 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. Close contact and exposure are 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 and when in public spaces or areas.
  • Frequent washing or disinfecting your hands is essential.
  • Control your symptoms and immediately call your doctor, clinic, or our 24/7 line at 308-262-5764 before going anywhere if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills , headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Take special care if you are over the age of 60 or have an underlying health condition.

The COVID-19 test is available at Community Action Health Center: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 am to 8 am. The tests are open to those who are symptomatic or have close contact with a positive case. Sign up today https://tinyurl.com/y7msahzq.

The Unified Command confirms nine more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle:

County Demography Exposure type
Cheyenne Woman in her 50s Unknown
Dawes Woman in her 40s Propagation in the Community
Dawes Man in his 50s Propagation in the Community
Scotts Bluff Woman in her teens Close contact
Scotts Bluff Woman in her 20s Propagation in the Community
Scotts Bluff Woman in her 20s Propagation in the Community
Scotts Bluff Women over 80 years old Close contact
Scotts Bluff Man in his teens Propagation in the Community
Scotts Bluff Man in his 60s Close contact

Ten Scotts Bluff County cases have been considered recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 152.

March 2-June 22, 2020

Total tests performed: 4,879

Positive: 243

Accumulated positivity rate: 4.9%

Recovered: 152

Active cases: 88

Active hospitalizations: 6

Total cumulative hospitalizations: 28

Deaths: 3

    • Banner County: 1 case (recovered)
    • Box Butte County: 3 cases (recovered)
    • Cheyenne County: 15 cases (4 active, 11 recovered)
    • Dawes County: 4 cases (3 active, 1 recovered)
    • Garden County: 4 cases (recovered)
    • Kimball County: 10 cases (recovered)
    • Morrill County: 14 cases (4 active, 10 recovered)
    • Scotts Bluff County: 191 cases (76 active, 112 recovered, 3 deaths)
    • Sioux County: 1 case (active)