It turns out Dawes County still has not had a confirmed cases of COVID-19. Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command spokesman Jessica Davies says the state map that yesterday showed 2 cases in the county was wrong and has been corrected.
Davies says the daily report Unified Comman receives from the Nebraska Public Health Lab did not show any cases in Dawes County, triggering consultation with the state epidemiologists to determine if the map was accurate or had an error such as a typo mistaking Dawes County for Dawson, which has the third-highest case count in the state.
That means that as of Saturday night, the Panhandle has 44 confirmed cases with 26 of them already recovered. Scotts Bluff County has the most in both categories with 27 cases and 12 recoveries. All 10 Kimball County cases have recovered as have 4 of the 5 cases in Cheyenne County. The remaining cases, 1 each in Box Butte and Morrill Counties, remain in isolation.
As of 5:45 CT today, Nebraska had 3.028 positive cases of COVID-19 or 296 more than the day before, 56 deaths, 3 more than on Saturday, and 19,335 negative test results.
Hall County, which includes Grand Island, has the most cases – 876. Douglas County, which includes Omaha has 419, Dakota County 403, and Dawson County 367. Hall, Dawson, and Dakota are all home to meat processing plants.
Local health departments report deaths and cases in their jurisdictions, sometimes resulting in discrepancies with DHHS numbers. In such cases, the local data should be considered the most up-to-date.