Dawes County May Have First COVID-19 Cases

HEMINGFORD – Dawes County may – or may not – have its first confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command spokesman Jessica Davies says the state map is showing 2 cases in the county, but that the daily report from the Nebraska Public Health Lab did not include that information.

Davies says Unified Command is working with the state’s epidemiologists to determine if the posting is accurate or an error – such as a typo for 2 Dawson County cases. She says details will be released as the situation becomes clear and details are available.

What is confirmed is one new COVID-19 case in the Panhandle, a Scotts Bluff County man in his 40s who is a close contact of a previously positive case. The Panhandle now has 44 confirmed cases with 26 of them already recovered.

Scotts Bluff County has the most in both categories with 27 cases and 12 recoveries. All 10 Kimball County cases have recovered as have 4 of the 5 cases in Cheyenne County. The remaining cases, 1 each in Box Butte and Morrill Counties, remain in isolation.

Statewide, the total at 5:45 CT Saturday was 2,732 – an increase of 311 from Friday – with 53 deaths, 3 more than Friday. Nebraska has had 18,496 negative test results.

Hall County, which includes Grand Island, has had the most cases – 797. Douglas County, which includes Omaha has 382, Dawson County 352, and Dakota County 332. Hall, Dawson, and Dakota are all home to meat processing plants.

Local health departments report deaths and cases in their jurisdictions, sometimes resulting in discrepensies with DHHS numbers. In such cases, the local data should be considered the most up-to-date.

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