PPHD: Panhandle COVID Positives Nearly Double in a Week

PPHD: Panhandle COVID Positives Nearly Double in a Week
January 13th, 2022 | Panhandle Unified Command

562 new Panhandle COVID cases, 131 of them in youth age 0-19, were Wednesday by panhandle public health officials, up 93% since reporting 291 cases on January 5.

Currently, 19 individuals are hospitalized with COVID, up from 13 last week. This is a 46% increase from the previous week.

Eighteen new deaths have been reported with the age breakdown as follows:

  • One – 40 to 49
  • Three – 50 to 59
  • Three – 60 to 69
  • Six – 70 to 79
  • Four – 80 to 89
  • One – 90 to 99

This brings the total COVID deaths in the area since the beginning of the pandemic to 270. Twenty additional deaths are pending verification.

“Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID, slow transmission, and reduce the impact on our healthcare systems,” Kim Engel, Panhandle Public Health District Director.

Everyone age 12 and older is recommended to get a COVID booster shot at least two months after a 1-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, or at least five months after a 2-dose vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna.

If you are homebound or have a condition that makes it hard for you to access a COVID vaccine, Call Vianey Zitterkopf, RN at 308-430-8390 or Janet Felix, LPN at 308-672-4653.

People who are fully COVID vaccinated will not be required to quarantine due to close contact. If you have lost your COVID vaccine card, go to https://tinyurl.com/2zh7uhhu.

Unified Command confirms 562 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle.

All Ages: 562
Box Butte82
Scotts Bluff326

March 2, 2020-January 12, 2021

  • Positive: 15,892
  • Last week’s cases: (cases/100,000): 651.5
  • Last 7 day cases: 562
  • Last week’s positivity rate: 16.6%
  • Deaths: 270
  • Deaths Pending Verification: 20
  • Active Hospitalizations: 19
  • Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 780

Current COVID testing access can be found at http://pphd.org/COVID-19.html.

The Panhandle COVID dashboard is available at www.pphd.org. The state COVID dashboard is available at https://tinyurl.com/ufj9fcuf. For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


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