Dawes Co Has First COVID-19 Death; Panhandle Cases Doubled In Last 22 Days

Panhandle Unified Command says Dawes County has had its first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s who brings the total deaths in the Panhandle to 12.

      Unified Command confirmed 326 more cases from 4:30 PM Thursday to 4:30 Monday, pushing the number of cases in the Panhandle to 1,957 – including 709 that are active and 33 who are hospitalized.

       Panhandle Public Health District Director Kim Engel says the number of cases has doubled in the past 22 days with 965 new cases from Oct 4-26. 

.     The first case in the Panhandle was on March 29 and the region had the same number of new cases in those 189 days as it has in just the last 22.

     Dawes County has 255 cases, 187 recoveries and 67 active cases as well as the one death. 

      Chadron State College remains at 69 cases, 57 of them students, but all except 5 have recovered. All but one of those 5 active cases are students. The Chadron Public Schools have no active cases, but there are 7 individuals quarantined.

     There are 116 active cases out of 298 total in Box Butte, which has also had 1 death. Sheridan County has 41 active cases with 145 total, and Sioux County now has 2 active cases out of 12 total. 

     The Panhandle’s COVID-19 Risk Dial ticked up again this week and is now about midway through the orange or High category.