Panhandle Moves Further Into High COVID-19 Risk CategoryPosted by John AxtellDate: October 20, 2020995 ViewsThe Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial ticked further into the Orange or high category on Monday with all but Banner, Garden, and Grant Counties in the Orange individually. In the northern Panhandle, Hemingford and Crawford remain in the moderate category with Chadron, Alliance, Gordon, Hay Springs, and Harrison in the orange. Panhandle Unified Command reported 96 new cases and only 42 recoveries between Fri at 4:30 and Monday at 4:30 pm, sending the number of active cases from 321 to 375.. Hospitalizations rose by 2 to 20 and the region has now had 1,396 total cases, 968 recoveries, 1,010 and 11 deaths. Dawes County added 9 new cases and 14 recoveries, dropping the number of active cases to 32. So far in the pandemic, the county has had 204 cases and 172 recoveries. Chadron State College had one student test positive over the weekend with another student and a staff member recovered, CSC now had 4 active cases, 2 students and 2 staff out of 64 total cases including 52 students. Another positive case in the Chadron Public Schools has recovered, leaving 2 active cases – both at the high school. The district has had 22 confirmed cases all together with 6 individuals now in quarantine. Sheridan County has 36 active cases out of 115 confirmed, Sioux has 1 active out of 11, and Box Butte 57 out of 191. Box Butte County has also had the only death outside Scotts Bluff County. Statewide, Nebraska Health and Human Services reported another 749 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday along with 357 recoveries and 6 deaths, putting the number of active cases at 18,564 with 380 hospitalized, both new records for the state. Nebraska has now had 58,817cases, 554 deaths, and 39,313 recoveries. The percentage of available hospital beds, ICU beds, and respirators were all unchanged at 38%, 37%, and 78%.