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Panhandle Now In DHM Phase 4; Dawes County Has 17 Active Cases, CSC 3

        The 12 counties in the Panhandle Public Health District move today from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of the Governor’s Directed Health Measure

       The biggest change from 3 to 4 is that  all state-imposed mandates except a crowd limit of 75% of capacity on indoor gatherings become voluntary guidelines. PPHD approval is still needed for crowds over 500. 

       The 54 other counties in the state still in Phase 3 will move to Phase 4 on Monday. Governor Pete Ricketts says the decision is based on the availability of hospital beds and ventilators. 

      Meanwhile, Panhandle Unified Command confirmed 20 more cases of COVID-19 and 18 recoveries yesterday as the number of active cases inched up to 84. The region now has 730 cases, 640 recoveries, and 6 deaths with 7 current hospitalizations

      Dawes County had 6 new cases and 3 recoveries, bringing the totals to 112 cases, 95 recoveries, and 17 active cases. 

      The number of active cases at Chadron State College rose to 5 Thurs after another employee was confirmed as positive, then dropped to 3 on Friday morning when 2 students were declared recovered. CSC has 44 total cases, including 6 employees.

       The Chadron Public Schools have one active case at the Middle School and 4 individuals in quarantine.  

     Statewide, 9 deaths were recorded yesterday after 13 had been reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 430.

      Nebraska had another 456 new cases partially offset by 338 recoveries, pushing the number of active cases to 8,860 with 178 hospitalized. 

     The overall totals are 37,373 cases and 28,513 recoveries. 35% of all hospital beds, 32% of ICU beds, and 82% of ventilators in Nebraska remain available