Over 25,000 Panhandle adults have received vaccine

Health officials in the Panhandle continue to keep residents updated on the latest COVID-19 developments in the region. 

Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) says there have been 26 new cases of the virus confirmed over the past week. No county reported more than eight cases in the past seven days. Banner, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball and Sioux counties all reported zero cases. 

No deaths related to COVID-19 were reported over the past week in the Panhandle. PPHD has not announced any COVID-related deaths in the area since late March. 

On the vaccine front, health officials say 25,253, or about 39 percent, of all adults in the Panhandle have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 18 and older can self-schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. Panhandle health officials said Monday 16 and 17-year-olds are encouraged to register for a vaccine. 

If you have not signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to, you can register here. Currently only the Moderna vaccine is available, but health officials said the Pfizer vaccine will soon be available in the Panhandle. 

The region's risk dial remained relatively unchanged from last week and is still in the moderate risk category. At the county level, Banner, Deuel, Garden and Sioux counties are in the low risk category. The rest of the counties in the region remain in the moderate category. 

Click here to see guidance from PPHD about each category.