32 COVID-19 Cases In Panhandle, 901 in Nebraska

Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command says there are now 32 confirmed cases of the disease in the Panhandle with 5 new cases yesterday. The new cases include the first in Morrill County, 2 more in Scotts Bluff County, and 1 more in Cheyenne County.

The Morrill County case is a female in her 70s, the Cheyenne County case is a male in his 60s, and both Scotts Bluff County are women, one in her 40s and the other in her teens.

A total of 553 tests have been given in the Panhandle since March 2, including the roughly 50 in Kimball and 99 in Scottsbluff given last week by the National Guard. The Scottsbluff testing yielded just one positive, a male in his teens who is a close contact of a previously positive case.

Scotts Bluff County has 17 COVID-19 cases with 3 that have recovered and are out of isolation. Kimball County has 10 with 6 recovered, while Cheyenne County has 3 with one recovered and Box Butte and Morril each have one.

Cheyenne County’s total remained at 3 even with yesterday’s new case because a previously listed case turned out to be an individual with an address in the county, but who was diagnosed elsewhere and hadn’t been in the county for over a year.

Statewide, the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services reported two more COVID-19 deaths yesterday, bringing the total to 20. The newest victims were a Douglas County man in his 60s – the 7th death in the county – and a Custer County man in his 80s. Both had underlying health conditions.

The number of total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is now 901 with 10,828 negative tests. The largest number of confirmations in a single day was 100 on Easter Sunday, but every other day since April 1st has been between 24 and 79.

Yesterday’s new cases included the first in Saline and Clay Counties as well as 7 more at the Douglas County Care Center, bringing the total at the long-term care assisted living center to 20 residents and 12 staff members. Two residents have died.

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