Panhandle COVID-19 Risk Dial Drops A Little FurtherPosted by John AxtellDate: December 28, 2020380 ViewsThe Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial edged down a little closer to the moderate or yellow range this week. The dial is about 40% into the orange or high category after being about 70% into last week and spending most of November in the severe or red zone. Panhandle Unified Command on Monday reported 109 more positive cases since Christmas Eve. That brings the total to 7,527 including 464 cases in the last 14 days and just 14 hospitalized cases. The panhandle death total on the PPHD dashboard remains at 104, but Assistant Health Director Jessica Davies said during a briefing Monday that 10 more deaths had been reported for a total of 114. To date, 830 people in the eligible populations have received the COVID vaccine in the Panhandle. This number will continue to increase with each weekly vaccine shipment and as more population groups become eligible for it. Dawes County had 5 new cases, bringing the total to 554 with 28 in the last 14 days. The county has had 17 deaths.. Chadron State College, with no on-campus classes since Thanksgiving, is down to just 1 active case, an employee, with the total case count staying at 144 including 118 students. The Chadron school district, which is still on Christmas break, has 1 active case and 1 individual in quarantine. None of the district’s 35 confirmed cases was the result of spread on campus. Sheridan County added 7 cases for a total of 382 cases, with 25 in the last 2 weeks and 8 deaths, Box Butte County had 9 new cases for 783 total, 43 in the last 14 days with a total of 7 deaths. Sioux County was unchanged at 22 total cases, including 1 in the last 2 weeks. The county has still had just 1 COVID-19 death.