Panhandle Has First COVID-19 Death

SCOTTSBLUFF – The Panhandle has had its first confirmed death from COVID-19. Panhandle Unified Command says the victim was a Scotts Bluff County woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions.

Scotts Bluff County Health Dept Director Paulette Schnell, whose agency is part of Unified Command, says they extend sympathies to the woman’s family, but that it’s a reminder of how important it is to protect the most vulnerable in the community,

Schnell says since the coronavirus response efforts began in late February, the severity of COVID-19 and its impact on older individuals and persons with underlying health complications have guided the recommendations to limit the spread of the disease – adding that “we all must remain careful in taking increased precautions against this devastating virus.”

Unified Command reported 4 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday, all from Scotts Bluff County, bringing the regional total to 189. All but 3 counties in the Panhandle – Sioux, Sheridan, and Deuel – have had at least 1 positive coronavirus tests.

Two more Scotts Bluff County residents were also listed as fully recovered, leaving 99 active and 90 recovered cases in the Panhandle There are 7 currently hospitalized and 25 total cumulative hospitalization to go along with a positivity rate of 4.8% on 3,867 tests.

Nebraska Health and Human Services added another 132 cases yesterday, pushing the state total to 15,883 out of 125,329 tests. The state also recorded another 3 COVID-19 deaths for a total of 191.