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To the Sidney Community


August 18, 2020 For immediate release

For more information, contact: Kim Engel, Director, 308-760-2415,

Tonight, August 18, Sidney Public Schools received confirmation from Panhandle Public Health District of a Sidney High School student positive with COVID-19. This student was last in the building on Monday, August 17.  

Sidney High School is fully cooperating with public health contact tracers to identify other individuals who were in close proximity to this student (within 6 feet for a period of at least 15 minutes). Safety protocols were in place including classroom seating charts and mask use which are key factors that will assist in determining close contacts. Public health officials will directly notify any staff or students that may need to self-quarantine.


If anyone is experiencing any of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, body chills, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, testing for COVID-19 is available at

Protect yourself from COVID-19 by maintaining 6-foot distance away from others, wash or sanitize your hands often, wear a mask, and clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces. We all have a part in the important prevention of COVID-19. Panhandle Public Health District, Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Management, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department are working as a unified command on this evolving situation.


Essential updates will be regularly communicated to the public and community partners.


For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit


Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website

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