COVID-19 Risk Eases, But Still In Red Category In Panhandle Posted by John Axtell Date: December 01, 2020 585 Views The Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial ticked down a few notches this week, still in the severe or red category but just barely after being about halfway through it the past 2 weeks. Panhandle Unified Command reported 153 new cases and 125 recoveries since Friday with no deaths. As a result, the number of active cases rose by 28 to 2,438 including 67 who are hospitalized – 4 fewer than Friday. There have been 5.992 total cases with 3,504 recoveries and 50 deaths in the Panhandle. Dawes County had 9 new cases and 6 recoveries over the weekend as the number of active cases rose from 68 to 71. The county has had 479 total cases, 398 recoveries and 10 deaths. Chadron State College, where the semester ended last Wed, still has 11 active cases – 9 students and 2 staff – but no new cases to leave that total at 139 including 115 students. The Chadron Public Schools had 1 new case and 1 recovery for a total of 32 cases but with the only active case at the middle school. The number of current quarantines remains at 13. Box Butte County has 634 total cases with 101 active and 3 deaths, Sheridan County is at 277 total cases with 30 active and 4 deaths, and Sioux County 18 cases, 3 active, and 1 death.