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

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

We're Getting There

But New COVID-19 Cases Continue In Panhandle

 

Daria Anderson-Faden / The Observer

Yes, it was most certainly a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The Goodhand Theatre reopened last week for the first time since the pandemic hit. Some safety restrictions are in place, though.

COVID continues to be a hot topic as the Kimball County Manor is planning a parade to help lift the spirits of their residents during this tough time at the manor.

The parade is planned for June 26 at 6:30 pm. They are encouraging people to decorate cars, make signs and to drive by the manor.

Now, just as summer hits, Scotts Bluff County has had between 8-10 daily cases of the coronavirus. Most of those cases are considered close contact but a few are community spread. Face masks are very popular in Scotts Bluff County.

Panhandle Public Health District continues to remind area people to social distance and encourages hand washing and other preventative measures.

The City of Kimball is still trying to figure out if they will be able to open the swimming pool.

Kimball City Clerk Katherine Terrill responded to questions about the swimming pool with this email response: "We are going to leave that up to the City Council. The final guidelines are expected to be released Wednesday June 17, 2020, during the Governor/Mayor's conference call. We are hoping that we will be allowed to open but they will have to make that decision. We have had several citizens contact us saying that they want the pool to open. The guidelines in the packet from the Legislative Bulletin #23 (May 29, 2020) were just some examples of what the guidelines could be. Those guidelines rules that the pools in Lincoln are currently using. Another concern is that we only have five lifeguards this year. State regulations require three guards to be on duty at all times."

Meanwhile, the food panty has its doors open again.

According to Director Chellie Autry of the Ministerial Association Food Pantry, "The numbers have been down but still lots of people have been served by the food pantry during COVID."

Through the pandemic, volunteers have boxed up groceries depending on the number of people in the family and handed them out.

Director Autry also bragged on Kimball, saying, "The community has been great with donations throughout this whole thing."

Donations are used to buy groceries locally and also through Food Bank for the Heartland.

The food panty is open the first Tuesday of the month and the second, third and fourth Thursday of the month.

Finally, this weekend will complete the area graduations, as Banner County seniors will graduate on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the high school football field.

 

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