3 More COVID-19 Cases In the Panhandle; 2,421 Cases 50 Deaths StatewidePosted by John AxtellDate: April 24, 20203 ViewsHEMINGFORD – Panhandle Unified Command on Friday confirmed 3 new cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the total since March 2nd to 43, including 26 who have already recovered. There have been no deaths.All 3 new cases were in Scotts Bluff County and close contacts of a previously positive case. They were also outside the most at-risk categories with a woman in 40s, a teenage boy, and a pre-teen girl. All are self-isolating.Scotts Bluff County has accounted for 26 of the Panhandle cases with 12 recovered and out of isolation. All 10 Kimball County cases have recovered, as have 4 of the 5 in Cheyenne County. The other 2 cases, one in Box Butte County and one in Morrill County, remain in isolation.The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services reported 3 new COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, bringing the state total to 50.Two of the new deaths were in Hall County, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 70s, with the other in Madison County. Both counties have food processing plants and have become COVID-19 hot spots.DHHS reported 2,421 COVID-19 cases as of 5:45 PM Friday, 297 more than on Thursday, when the number had jumped 417. There have been 17,552 negative tests for the disease.Hall County, which includes Grand Island, has had the most cases in the state – 734 – with Douglas County, home of Omaha, at 362 and Dawson 307. . Local health departments report deaths and cases in their jurisdictions, sometimes resulting in discrepancies between their numbers and those of DHHS. In such cases, the local data should be considered the most up-to-date.