10 New Panhandle COVID-19 Cases Include 2 In Sheridan Co

SCOTTSBLUFF – Panhandle Unified Command confirmed 10 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 2 more from Sheridan County – a woman in her 20s and a man in his 60s, both listed as close contacts of earlier confirmed cases.

Sheridan County now has 7 cases, all active and all confirmed in the last 2 weeks. Dawes County has 2 of its 4 cases still active while all 6 cases reported in Sioux County and all 3 in Box Butte County have recovered.

Yesterday’s new cases also included 7 from Morrill County, giving it 48 – second-highest in the Panhandle, and the 248th case in Scotts Bluff. The regional total now stands at 322 with 199 recovered, 120 active cases, 1 current hospitalization, and 3 deaths.

Test Nebraska will be offering drive-thru coronavirus testing next Monday and Friday from 9-11 AM at Chadron Community Hospital. Preregistration is required at testnebraska.com.

Nebraska has so far avoided the resurgence of new coronavirus cases that have plagued other states around the country, but is still seeing new confirmed cases and deaths every day.

Health and Human Services had 133 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 19,310 while 2 more deaths brought that total to 276. 40% of Nebraska’s hospital beds, 48% of its intensive care beds and 79% of its ventilators remained available Thursday.

In South Dakota, the state health department yesterday reported 4 more COVID-19 deaths, one of them a Pennington County resident, bringing the total to 97. There were also 67 new cases of the disease, pushing that total to 6,983 but with nearly 87% having already recovered.