As the school year has progressed, Alliance Public Schools has seen active coronavirus cases with one case at Grandview Elementary School and Alliance Middle School, respectively.

According to the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard as of press time, there have been no recovered cases in the district, 25 quarantining and 53 that were sent home and showed symptoms of COVID-19. Of the 25 quarantining nine students were from Alliance High School, two students at Alliance Middle School, 10 students at Grandview, three students at Emerson Elementary and one in early childhood. A total of 53 students have been sent home showing symptoms with 22 at the high school, four at the middle school, 24 at Grandview and three at Emerson.

Chadron Public Schools and Chadron State College also have seen positive cases. CPS has four people quarantining and 12 positive cases. CSC has three active cases and 39 cases that have recovered.

As of Tuesday, Box Butte County has 10 active and 29 recovered. Banner County has two recovered cases. Cheyenne County has two active case and 31 recovered. Dawes County has had 106 cases with 14 active and 92 recovered. Deuel County has four recovered cases. Garden County has eight recovered cases. Kimball County has 17 recovered cases. Morrill has one active case and 66 recovered. Scottsbluff has 47 active cases, 340 recovered and six deaths. Sheridan has eight active cases and 27 recovered. Sioux has one active case and six recovered. The Panhandle total is 711 cases with 83 active, 622 recovered and six deaths since cases started being tracked.

The Panhandle Public Health District will move into Phase Four of Gov. Pete Rickett’s Directed Health Measure.

According to a press release Health Director Kim Engel said, “Practicing safety measures, such As maintaining good social distancing, wearing a face covering when appropriate, washing hands frequently, and staying home when you are sick is everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect your friends, family, and neighbors. This is critical for business continuity and for schools to remain open. We are all in this together, and we are grateful for everyone doing their part. We understand the need for our communities to continue to have relaxed measures, but please think of those people you meet every day who need continued protection and vigilance. As we move into this new phase, your actions are more critical now than before. We all want to feel a sense of normalcy, but we must do it safely. Please continue to do these very simple acts of kindness and humanity for others.”

Free testing is available through Test Nebraska at multiple locations in the Panhandle. People can sign up through Test Nebraska at testnebraska.com or by calling 402-207-9377. In Alliance, testing is available at Box Butte General Hospital Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. The testing site is located in the ambulance bay on the east side of the emergency department.

In Chadron, testing is offered at the Chadron Community Hospital on Mondays and Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m. Collections are located at 821 Morehead Street.

Community Action Health Center in Gering offers tests on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m.

In Gordon, testing is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff offers tests Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Sidney Regional Medical Center offers tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m.

Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport offers tests daily, with same day results.

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