53 COVID-19 Cases In The Panhandle, But 37 Have Recovered Posted by John Axtell Date: May 03, 2020 5 Views HEMINGFORD – Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command confirmed 3 more cases on Sunday, bringing the region’s total to 53. All 3 cases are Scotts Bluff County men, one in his 50s and 2 in their 20s, who are close contacts of a previously positive case. Of the Panhandle’s 53 cases, 37 have recovered including 22 of Scotts Bluff County’s 34 cases and all 10 of Kimball County’s. Cheyenne County has 7 cases with 4 recovered and Morrill County’s lone case has also recovered, but Box Butte County’s only case is still in isolation. On Saturday, Unified Command announced that investigators were unable to find the probable infection source for 2 Scotts Bluff County cases confirmed on Friday. That led to both cases, a woman in her 50s and a teenage male, being classified as community spread. The Panhandle’s first community spread case in March led to the region falling under the state’s toughest coronavirus restrictions, but Panhandle Public Health Director Kim Engel says the 2 new cases won’t change today’s move with most of the rest of the state to new, less-restrictive rules. Statewide, the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services reported 5,659 case as of 4:45 MT Sunday, an increase of 333. There have also been 27.071 negative tests. There were 2 more COVID-19 deaths reported, bringing the total to 78. Hall County has 1,256 COVID-19 cases, more than 20% of Nebraska’s total, with 918 in Dakota County, 878 in Douglas County, and 543 in Dawson County. Hall, Dakota, and Dawson all have major meat packing plants. South Dakota reported no new deaths on Sunday for the second straight day after having 4 on both Thursday and Friday. The state total is 21. There were 43 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 2,631. Minnehaha County continues to lead the way with 2,142 cases after adding 19 more on Sunday. Lincoln County was a far-distant 2nd with 162 and Brown County back even more at 59.