Panhandle Public Health officials continue to provide the latest numbers on COVID-19 for the region. 

During a briefing Monday afternoon, health officials confirmed 160 new cases and 59 recoveries since Thursday, October 15th. The region's risk dial also moved further into the orange category, indicating a high risk for COVID-19 spread in the region. 

Not all was bad news however. The new recoveries announced Monday pushed the region's total over 1,000. Hospital bed availability also increased. ICU bed availability rose from 26% to 35%. Overall availability remained steady at 51%. Ventilator availability is currently at 91%. 

Here is a breakdown of new cases by county:

Scotts Bluff - 62 new cases

Box Butte - 30 new cases

Sheridan - 23 new cases

Dawes - 16 new cases

Cheyenne - 10 new cases

Garden, Kimball and Morrill - 5 cases each

Deuel - 2 new cases

Grant and Sioux counties - 1 new case each

Here is a breakdown of new recoveries by county: 

Box Butte and Dawes - 15 recoveries each

Sheridan - 14 recoveries

Cheyenne - 7 recoveries

Kimball - 3 recoveries

Sioux - 2 recoveries 

Deuel, Garden and Morrill - 1 recovery each


Positive cases: 1,396

Active: 375

Recovered: 1,010

Deaths: 11

Total tested: 17,522

Cumulative positivity rate: 7.9 percent

Active hospitalizations: 20