Black Hills State University in Spearfish has reported its first student testing positive for COVID-19. The school sent an email alerting the campus community to the infection Friday evening.
The student visited two campus areas on Wednesday morning, and the school said those areas have been thoroughly cleaned but officials are advising anyone in those areas of campus to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
At Chadron State College, where the last update was Friday, 4 students and 4 employees have tested positive since Wed the 12th. Three of the employees were listed as recovered by the end of last week.
In its most recent update on Friday, Panhandle Unified Command listed Dawes County with 48 positive cases of COVID-19 with 31 active and 17 recovered.
The Chadron Public Schools account for 10 of the cases, 8 at the High School and 1 each at the Middle School and Primary School. Three of the high school cases have recovered and the district has 25 quarantined staff members and students.
Panhandle-wide, Unified Command on Friday confirmed 544 cases of COVID 19 with 455 recoveries, and 6 deaths – leaving 83 active cases, including 1 hospitalized case.
Nebraska Health and Human Services reported 109 new cases, 277 additional recoveries, and 2 more deaths on Sunday.
The state totals now stand at 31,889 cases with 24,155 recoveries, 378 deaths, and 7,366 active cases including 146 hospitalizations – 7 more than on Saturday. 37% of all hospital beds and 40% of ICU beds in the state remain available along with 82% of respirators.