PPHD risk dial remains on border of low risk level

Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) officials continue to keep residents updated on the latest COVID-19 developments in the Panhandle. 

Health officials say there have been 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle since April 26. Cheyenne County reported the most new cases with six. Sheridan County had five new cases and no other county reported more than two cases. 

For the month of April, Sioux and Banner counties reported zero new COVID-19 cases. Grant County reported just one case in April while Kimball confirmed just two the whole month. 

No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in PPHD's latest briefing. PPHD did not report any deaths connected to the virus in the month of April. 

The region's risk dial remains on the border of the green low risk level and yellow moderate risk level. On the county risk map, Deuel, Kimball, Banner, Dawes and Sioux counties are listed as low risk. The others are in the moderate risk category. 

PPHD is now reporting the percentage of people completely vaccinated in each county. As of Tuesday afternoon, Garden County led the way with 40 percent of its population eligible to receive the vaccine (those 16 and older) fully inoculated. Grant County reported the lowest with 20 percent of its residents fully vaccinated.

If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to, you can find all the information on how to sign up at the Panhandle Public Health District website.

Number of people fully vaccinated by county (as of Tuesday 5-4):

Garden - 591 (40%)*

Banner - 214 (38%)

Scotts Bluff - 9,814 (36%)

Box Butte - 2,914 (36%)

Dawes - 2,404 (33%)

Cheyenne - 2,361 (32%)

Sheridan - 1,216 (30%)

Kimball - 837 (29%)

Morrill - 1,001 (27%)

Deuel - 378 (26%)

Sioux - 214 (22%)

Grant - 110 (20%)

*Percentage reflects amount of eligible population (people 16 and older) who have been fully vaccinated.