Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Emerging From COVID-19 Restrictions

Kimball Concert Association, Schools, Blood Drive Take Forward Steps


In local COVID-19 news, the Kimball Community Concert Association is looking forward to the 2020-21 season but like everything else, it may look different.

The local association has asked members to keep an eye out for a survey which will ask a few questions to get the opinion of members on how to best approach the upcoming season in a safe and reasonable method. Surveys should be received in the mail and returned promptly.

Mary Lynch K-6 grade has announced that they will have summer school from June 8 to July 24. Due to the coronavirus, parents must sign a waiver, but every effort will be made by the school to manage the situation with social distancing and daily sanitation.

At the high school, with graduation over, the Kimball 9-12 students will need to register for classes for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, June 3 or Thursday June 4.

The Kimball Community Blood drive is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 8, and they are on top of the COVID-19 situation with information about donating blood safety. Call Donna Linn at 308-235-2256 to schedule an appointment.

Donors must be healthy and meet all eligibility requirements, they will be taking temperatures at the door. Anyone over 65 can also donate blood with no restriction.

Kimball County is among the 89 of the 93 counties in Nebraska that have had restrictions lifted. Bars, zoos, swimming pools and other public businesses are reopening but with capacity rules. Bars must comply with 50% capacity and only six individuals in a party are just a few of their limits.

Non-contact sports, such as baseball, softball and volleyball, can resume practices, and games may resume June 18. In addition, the ban on rodeos has also been lifted, but guidelines will apply.

While some restrictions are being eased in the community, the Kimball County Manor will receive guidance from the governor on the third phase reopening of Nebraska. Nursing homes will be in the third phase, but it will also depend on how many active COVID-19 cases are in the county before they are fully reopened.

Active cases have not been an issue in Kimball County, but Scotts Bluff County has had a rash of cases. Currently, there are 58 active cases in Scotts Bluff County, according to the Panhandle Public Health District. The Panhandle has experienced 41 new cases from May 26 to June 1.

Many churches in the area have restarted services, and some have moved their services outside. The newest church to restart services is Prairie West Church in Potter. They will have their Sunday morning worship service outside at 9:30 a.m.


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