Panhandle Under DHM, Neb Has 3rd COVID-19 Death

SCOTTSBLUFF – The Panhandle’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, a Scotts Bluff County man in his 30s, has also been listed as a community transmission case.

The listing triggered Nebraska’s fifth Directed Health Measure or DHM, which is in effect in all 11 Panhandle counties plus Grant County at least until May 11th.

Community transmission or community spread means investigators have been unable to determine when or where the person caught the virus.

A DHM makes mandatory and enforceable by law the recommendations already in place, including the 10-person limit. It also ends all dining-in at restaurants and bars, although they can still serve by delivery, take-out, or pickup.

The DHM does not include a shelter-in-place order, but Panhandle Public Health Director Kim Engel says Panhandle residents should stay home except for essential tasks such as grocery shopping or going to work.

Engel says the likelihood is that the virus has already spread beyond Scotts Bluff County, but investigators are still trying to find and notify everyone the man had contact with. They have published his known ventures outside his home as part of that effort.

Engel says several of the man’s relatives are also showing symptoms of the disease and are being tested with the assumption that they will be positive. Only 120 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the Panhandle since March 1st with 23 tests still pending.

On Monday, Nebraska has recorded its third COVID-19 death, a North Platte-area man in his 90s who had underlying health conditions.

Chief State Medical Officer Dr Gary Anthone says the thoughts of everyone are with the man’s family, adding that those at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 include older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.”

As of 9:30 Monday night, Nebraska had 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Dr Anthone says the pace of testing for COVID-19 is increasing with over 2,500 tests conducted so far, including 290 on Sunday alone. The rate of positive tests remains about 5%.

Movements of Scotts Bluff County COVID-19 Patient

Location

Timeframe

Funeral at YMCA Trails West Camp

1918 S Beltline Hwy W

Scottsbluff

• March 7

Subway

814 W 27th

Scottsbluff

• March 11 from 9:30-11:30 am

Main Street Market

401 S Beltline Hwy W

Scottsbluff

• March 12 from 10-11:30 am

Staples
1711 Frontage Road Scottsbluff

• March 9 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 10 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 11 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 12 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 14 from 10 am-6 pm
• March 16 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 17 from 12 pm-6 pm
• March 18 from 12 pm-6 pm

Safeway

601 Broadway

Scottsbluff

• March 12 from 9:30-11am
• March 19 from 1-3 pm
• March 20 from 1-3 pm
• March 24 from 3-5 pm

Walmart

3322 Ave I

Scottsbluff

• March 12 from 11:30 am-1 pm
• March 14 from 1:30-3 pm
• March 15 from 1-5 pm
• March 26 from 1-3 pm
• March 27 from 12 pm-1:30 pm

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