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Continuing COVID Case Spike Pressures Contact Tracing Efforts

A continued increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Panhandle is adding pressure to public health staff working hard to trace contacts of new cases. Unified Command confirmed 235 more c... Read More

Gov. Ricketts Announces New Grant Programs As Part of the State’s Coronavirus Response

 Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced new grant programs to continue growing Nebraska in the midst of the disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the State of Nebraska received $1.084 billion in federa... Read More

NE Ed. Dept., Public Health Seeking Cooperation from Alliance Schools

Public health officials and the Nebraska Department of Education have been at loggerheads with Alliance Public Schools over cooperation for COVID-19 contact tracing. Last week, PPHD Director Kim Engel discussed an email obtained from the Alliance ... Read More

WNCC Updating Guidelines Due to Elevated  COVID-19 Risk

Due to Panhandle Public Health District's (PPHD) announcement that Scotts Bluff and Cheyenne counties joined Box Butte County in the "High Risk " category for COVID-19 transmission, Western Nebraska Community College has updated COVID-19 related prot... Read More

COVID Cases Appear in Scotts Bluff Co. Jail

Panhandle Public Health District officials say three Scotts Bluff County Detention Center inmates and two staff have been confirmed positive with COVID, but no one is currently hospitalized or severely ill. Detention center officials are working clo... Read More

Nebraska Governor Imposes New Restrictions as Virus Surges

Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus amid a surge of new cases and hospitalizations in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the Republican governor outlined four steps that will go into eff... Read More

New Panhandle COVID Cases Spike, Hospitalizations at 20

Unified Command confirms 131 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle since last reporting on Monday, October 12. The investigations are underway, all close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored for symptoms by public health officials. ... Read More

Ricketts Monitoring Rise in COVID Cases, Hospitalizations; No Changes to DHMs

Nebraska's governor Wednesday said the rising number of new cases of COVID-19 in the state is being watched closely, but did not say he was ready to make any changes to the Directed Health Measures currently in place. During a news conference in L... Read More

GPS: In-Person Classes to Continue, Spectator Restrictions Increasing

As the Panhandle Public Health COVID dial continues to move to the orange risk level, Gering Interim Superintendent, Gary Cooper, outlined that the district does not have current plans to move students to a virtual learning environment. "In our ... Read More

Overall Panhandle COVID Spread Reaches High Risk Level

Six Panhandle counties join Box Butte County in moving to orange on the risk dial equating to high risk of COVID spread. Cheyenne, Dawes, Kimball, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux all moved to high risk as of Monday, October 12. This makes seven in ... Read More

SBPS to Continue In-Person Classes as PPHD COVID Dial Moves Toward Higher Spread Risk

With the area's risk dial continuing to reflect an increased spread of COVID-19 and nearing the Orange Risk Level, it is important for parents and community to know that the District has no current plans to move to a hybrid, split session environ... Read More