COVID-19 cases in panhandle continue climb

The number of COVID-19 cases is still on the rise in the panhandle. 

Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) officials said Tuesday there have been over 500 cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. From Monday, Aug. 23, to Tuesday, Sept. 7, 510 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials said 210 of those cases are in Scotts Bluff County. The rest of the panhandle accounts for the other 300. 

Currently, public health districts are only allowed to report county-specific data for counties with a population over 20,000. The only county in PPHD's jurisdiction that qualifies in Scotts Bluff County.

Since Aug. 23, two more deaths in the panhandle have been attributed to the virus, bringing the panhandle's total to 200. 

According to data from the state health department, 34.8 percent of people in the panhandle were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday. That's up from 34.2 percent last week.