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No COVID-19 Death Reports In Neb On Sun, Error Corrected On Dawes County Stats

HEMINGFORD – The official state tally of COVID-19 cases is back down to 1 after confirmation that a second case posted on the state list and map on Saturday was actually in Dawson County. It’s the third time such a coding error has occurred.

Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command confirmed 4 new cases of the disease yesterday, bringing the region’s total to 86 but with just 24 active cases and 54 recovered.

All 4 of the new cases are close contacts of previously identified case. One is Cheyenne County man in his 40s while the other 3 are Scotts Bluff County women in their 30s, 40s, and 90s.

Scotts Bluff County has had 54 cases so far, but only 22 remain active. Cheyenne, Kimball and Morrill Counties have each had 10 cases; all 10 in Kimball, 4 in Morrill, and 3 in Cheyenne have recovered as has the lone Box Butte County case. The only Dawes County case remains in isolation.

Nebraska Health and Human Services posted just 148 new cases yesterday, bringing the state total to 10,348 out of 67,649 tested. There were no new deaths recorded, leaving that total at 123.

The Panhandle Public Health District is reminding people to continue to wear masks in public if possible, but says gloves are needed only when cleaning or caring for someone who is sick.

PPHD says the best way to protect yourself from germs when running errands and after going out is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.