PPHD reports three COVID-19 related deaths in briefing Monday

Health officials in the Nebraska Panhandle are continuing to keep residents updated with the latest information from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Monday, Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) confirmed three new COVID-19 related deaths. Officials say a Dawes County man in his 90s, a Scotts Bluff County man in his 40s and a Sheridan County woman in her 70s have passed away. 

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Panhandle now stands at 194. 

Officials announced 19 new cases of the virus in the Panhandle over the past week. No county reported more than 5 new cases and Banner, Garden, Grant and Sioux counties all reported zero cases over the past week. 

Health officials raised the region's risk dial slightly this week due to a higher percentage of new cases being community spread compared to prior weeks. 

According to the Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services, just under 34 percent of everyone 16 or older in the Panhandle has been fully vaccinated. 

Statewide, about 50 percent of Nebraskans 16 or older have been completely inoculated.