Panhandle Moves Closer To COVID-19 Severe Range Posted by John Axtell Date: November 03, 2020 1198 Views The Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial inched closer to the severe range this week and now stands about 2/3rds of the way through the orange or high risk category. Panhandle Unified Command reported another new record for active cases on Monday at 1,178 after adding 323 new cases and 159 recoveries from 4:30 Friday to 4:30 Monday. The Panhandle has now had 2,780 cases with 16 deaths and 1,586 recoveries. There are currently 64 COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized. There were 25 new cases and 17 recoveries in Dawes County over the weekend, leaving 75 active cases. The county has had 301 total cases, 222 recoveries, and 4 deaths. Chadron State College had 4 more cases and 2 recoveries over the weekend for 77 total cases – 64 students and 13 staff – with 8 active cases – all but 1 students. The Chadron Public Schools recorded 3 new active cases, 2 at the Intermediate School and 1 at the High School, for a cumulative total of 26 cases with 5 individuals currently under quarantine. Statewide, Nebraska continues to set new records for active cases and hospitalizations. Health and Human Services on Monday reported 954 new cases, 335 recoveries, and 2 deaths. Those figures pushed the number of active cases.in the state to 26,854 including 642 who are hospitalized. The percentage of available hospital and ICU beds slipped Monday to 31% and 33% respectively while respirator availability dipped to 74%. Nebraska has had 72,620 confirmed cases, 656 deaths, and 45,108 recoveries since the start of the pandemic.