Dawes County Has First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Posted by John Axtell Date: May 08, 2020 4 Views HEMINGFORD – Dawes County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Panhandle COVID Unified Command says a man in his 30s contracted the virus through contact with a previously identified positive case. He and all close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health officials. The Dawes County case was one of 5 announced by Unified Command on Friday, bringing the Panhandle total to 73 with 38 already recovered. The other new cases were split between Morrill and Scotts Bluff County – a Morrill County man in his teens and a woman in her 40s and a pair of Scotts Bluff County teens, one male and one female. Scotts Bluff County has now had 44 cases with 22 recoveries, but all 10 cases in Kimball County have recovered as have 5 of the 8 cases in Cheyenne County. Morrill County is now up to 9 cases with just one recovered while the single cases in Dawes and Box Butte Counties remain in isolation. Friday’s statewide count from the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services added 641 new virus cases, bringing the total to 7,831. There were also 2 more deaths added to the official state list, pushing it to 92. Douglas County, the state’s most populous, now has the most COVID-19 cases with 1342 but Dakota and Hall are right behind with 1,323 and 1,311 respectively. Dakota County added 306 more cases yesterday.