First COVID-19 case in Box Butte

BOX BUTTE COUNTY – A Box Butte County woman has been diagnosed as one of three new cases of the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, in the Panhandle.

In an April 11 press release, the Panhandle Public Health District said the woman, in her 70s, contracted the virus while traveling. She had reportedly left the country prior to the rise in domestic cases of COVID-19 and self-quarantined for two weeks prior to returning to the country for two weeks.

She has been self-isolating at home since April 3. According to the release, anyone who’s been potentially exposed will be contacted.

Additional new positive cases were reported in two women in Scotts Bluff County, one in her 50s and the other in her 60s. The source of both was via contact with an individual who’d previously been diagnosed.

Both women have self-quarantined at home, one since April 4 and the second since April 7. Both are said to be recovering, according to the release.

These latest cases bring the total number of positives in the Panhandle to 24: 12 cases in Scotts Bluff county, with three recovered and out of isolation; 10 in Kimball County, with three reported recovered and out of isolation, and; one case in Cheyenne County, reportedly recovered and out of isolation.

Statewide, 17 people have died from COVID-19 illness.

As of April 11, 447 coronavirus tests had been administered across the Panhandle. A full list of potential exposure sites in the region may be found at the PPHD website:


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