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8% of Kansans have received COVID-19 vaccine
Two more Barton County deaths reported
350 1st doses 2-22-21

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 282,960 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 8,749 hospitalizations and 4,197 statewide deaths as of 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8. There were 1,398 new cases, 96 new deaths and 69 new hospitalizations since Friday, Feb. 5.

Here are KDHE total cases and deaths for area counties as of Monday:

• Barton 2,536 cases (+9 from Friday); 45 deaths (+2)

• Ellsworth 1,194 (+14); 20 (+1)

• Pawnee 1,125 (+6); 13 (+1)

• Rice 1,024 (+9); 7 (+1)

• Rush 423 (+0); 11 (+0)

• Russell 816 (+8); 24 (+0)

• Stafford 327 (+3); 9 (+0)


Kansas WebIZ reports 303,691 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of noon Monday. So far, 233,492 people have received the first dose and 70,199 have received the second dose; 8% of Kansans have been vaccinated.

Barton County will offer vaccine booster doses for individuals who received their first dose on or before Jan. 15, with a drive-through clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Expo III building west of Great Bend.

Barton County will conduct a drive-through clinic and administer the first dose of vaccine to eligible persons as outlined in Phase 2 of Governor Laura Kelly’s plan. Four hundred doses will be available starting at 2 p.m. at Expo III. Due to the limited number of doses Barton County has received, it is likely the event will end before 5 p.m.

Phase 2 eligibility includes persons age 65 years and older, those in congregate settings and high-contact critical workers.

Consent form

It is not required, however, to expedite your vaccination, eligible persons may visit to download and complete the vaccine consent form found under the COVID 19 tab. The vaccine consent form is required for each dose.

USD 428 news

Great Bend USD 428 posts ( reports of positive cases once they are confirmed, contact tracing is complete and close contacts have been notified. On Saturday, Feb. 6, a staff member at Eisenhower Elementary School tested positive. Five students and one staff member were determined to be close contacts.

On Tuesday, the district added this summary: There have been 169 total COVID-19 cases reported in the district buildings and 166 have recovered. There are three active cases.