In the latest COVID-19 briefing on Monday, officials with Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) moved more counties into the green category of the COVID-19 risk dial.
As of Monday, April 5, Kimball, Deuel, Garden, Box Butte and Sioux counties are in the green (low risk) category for COVID-19 spread. All other counties in the Panhandle are in the yellow (moderate risk) category.
Overall, the Panhandle is still in the yellow category on the risk dial with a risk value of 1.38. The green range on the dial encompasses risk values from 0-0.99.
PPHD officials say there have been 18 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Panhandle over the past week. Banner, Deuel, Garden, Kimball and Sioux all had zero cases over the past week. Box Butte, Cheyenne, Grant and Morrill counties each had one new case in the past week.
No new deaths were announced this week.
On the vaccine front, the Panhandle is set to receive 3,100 doses this week. Everyone 18 and over in the Panhandle can now schedule an appointment for the vaccine. There is no charge to receive the vaccine. Both the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available, according to PPHD. The Moderna vaccine requires two shots, taken 2-3 weeks apart. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is one dose.
To register for the COVID-19 vaccine go to vaccinate.ne.gov.
Once registered, anyone can schedule their own appointment to receive the vaccine online. Click on the county you live in below to be taken to the website where you can schedule an appointment in your county.*
*Note: There is not a website to sign up for an appointment for Garden County residents. According to PPHD, those in Garden County should sign up at vaccinate.ne.gov and then a provider will call you to schedule an appointment.