4 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed In Panhandle Posted by John Axtell Date: April 01, 2020 5 Views HEMINGFORD – The Panhandle now has 4 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19. The Scotts Bluff County Health Department says the two latest are residents of the county, a female in her 50s and a male in his 70s, are family members of the first positive case in the county and are in self-isolation at home. The health department says there are no additional community exposure locations connected with the two because the family was very thorough in putting the list together for the first victim, a Scotts Bluff County man in his 30s, to include their community locations. As of Tuesday night, the Nebraska COVID-19 case total is 177, an increase of 21 that includes 2 more community transmission cases – ones where public health officials were unable to determine how or where they were infected. The state’s 4 death was also reported, a Buffalo County man in his 90’s. Governor Pete Ricketts Tuesday issued 2 more State Directed Health Measures affecting 11 more counties. That brings the total of DHMs to 7 covering 41 counties and over a million residents. A DHM makes mandatory and enforceable by police the coronavirus recommendations by the CDC, including no dining-in at restaurants or bars and no more than 10 people gathering together. A DHM covering the 11 Panhandle counties and Grant County in the Sandhills took effect Monday. The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services has a data dashboard that provides daily updates to the state’s COVID-19 case totals. You can find it at http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.