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Unified Command Confirms Third COVID-19 Related Death in Panhandle

Unified Command Confirms Third COVID-19 Related Death in Panhandle

The third COVID-19 related death in the Panhandle has been reported in Scotts Bluff County. A female in her 90s with underlying health conditions has passed away.

“We offer our sincerest sympathy to her family. Increased precautions remain critical against this virus, especially to protect our most vulnerable in the community,” said Paulette Schnell, Director of Scotts Bluff County Health Department.

The Panhandle, along with most other Nebraska counties, has moved towards decreased restrictions in phase three of the Governor’s Directed Health Measure beginning today, June 22. Guidance documents are available at Public health urges all Panhandle residents to continue the following:

  • Stay at least six feet away from others. Close contact and exposure are considered less than six feet for 15 minutes or more. Social distancing is one of the best prevention strategies we have against this virus.
  • Wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and when in public spaces or areas.
  • Frequent handwashing or sanitizing is critical.
  • Monitor your symptoms and immediately call your doctor, clinic, or our 24/7 line at 308-262-5764 before going anywhere if you are experiencing any of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, body chills, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Please use extra caution if you are over 60 or have any underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 testing is available at Community Action Health Center: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7am-8am.  Testing is open to those that are symptomatic or close contact to a positive case. Sign up today


Unified Command confirms nine more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle:


County Demographics Exposure Type
Cheyenne Female in her 50s Unknown
Dawes Female in her 40s Community Spread
Dawes Male in his 50s Community Spread
Scotts Bluff Female in her teens Close Contact
Scotts Bluff Female in her 20s Community Spread
Scotts Bluff Female in her 20s Community Spread
Scotts Bluff Female 80 and older Close Contact
Scotts Bluff Male in his teens Community Spread
Scotts Bluff Male in his 60s Close Contact


Ten cases from Scotts Bluff County have been deemed recovered bringing the total recoveries to 152.


March 2-June 22, 2020

Total Tests Conducted: 4,879

Positive: 243

Cumulative Positivity Rate: 4.9%

Recovered: 152

Active Cases: 88

Active Hospitalizations: 6

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 28

Deaths: 3

    • Banner County: 1 case (recovered)
    • Box Butte County: 3 cases (recovered)
    • Cheyenne County: 15 cases (4 active, 11 recovered)
    • Dawes County: 4 cases (3 active, 1 recovered)
    • Garden County: 4 cases (recovered)
    • Kimball County: 10 cases (recovered)
    • Morrill County: 14 cases (4 active, 10 recovered)
    • Scotts Bluff County: 191 Cases (76 active, 112 recovered, 3 deaths)
    • Sioux County: 1 case (active)
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