Panhandle Now Has 24 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Posted by John Axtell Date: April 11, 2020 2 Views HEMINGFORD – The number of COVID-19 cases in the Panhandle is now 24 with confirmation of the first case in Box Butte County and 2 more in Scotts Bluff County. Panhandle COVID Unified Command says the Box Butte County case is a female in her 70s who had left the country prior to COVID-19 increasing in the U-S and self-quarantined for two weeks prior to returning to the states. She’s also been isolating in her home since April 3. Both of the new Scotts Bluff County cases are close contacts to a previously identified case and are recovering at home. Both are women, one in her 50s and the other in her 60s, and have been self-quarantining – one since last Saturday and the other since Tuesday. Panhandle Public Health District Director Kim Engel says Unified Command is strongly advising people not to visit or host anyone over the holiday weekend that they don’t live with, suggesting instead using virtual or phone options. Nebraska now has 700 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID 19 along with 17 deaths from the disease and 9.285 tests that have come back negative. Panhandle COVID Unified Command said Friday afternoon that the number of confirmed cases in the Panhandle remain at 21, but that 6 of them are now listed as having recovered.