Panhandle COVID Risk Dial Still Barely Out Of The RedPosted by John AxtellDate: December 14, 2020242 Views The Panhandle Public Health Districts COVID-19 Risk Dial is unchanged this week, sitting at the very top edge of the high or orange category after a month in the red or severe category. Panhandle Unified Command reported 85 new COVID-19 cases, 233 recoveries, and 2 deaths over the weekend. The deaths, a Kimball County man in his 90s and a Scotts Bluff County man in his 80s, bring the Panhandle death toll to 97. The number of active cases dropped over the weekend to 1,358 including 50 that are hospitalized. There have been 6,948 confirmed cases and 5,493 recoveries since the pandemic began. Dawes County reported 5 new cases, 2 recoveries and no deaths with 56 active cases, 521 total cases, 448 recoveries, and 17 deaths. Chadron State College has 3 active cases, 2 students and 1 staff, with 144 total cases, 118 students and 26 staff. Chadron Public Schools had 1 new case at the high school over the weekend, giving the district its only active case out of 34 total cases. There are also 3 quarantines. Box Butte County has 741 confirmed cases with 119 active and 7 deaths, Sheridan County stands at 338 cases, 73 active, and 7 deaths while Sioux County had no changes over the weekend, remaining at 20 cases with 1 active and 1 death.