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Active COVID-19 cases in Barton County surpasses 200

In a report released Friday morning, Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reported 203 positive active cases of COVID-19 in Barton County as of 11:30 a.m. Friday. This is up 17 cases from the county’s last report of 186, which was issued Monday afternoon.

In addition, One new COVID-19 related death was reported in Barton County Friday afternoon. The county death total according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment stands at 52 as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The breakdown of area communities includes 105 active cases in Great Bend, up 10 from Monday; 43 in Hoisington, down one; 37 in rural Barton County, up two; 12 in Ellinwood, up two; 5 in Claflin, up five; 1 in Albert, down one; and no active cases in either Olmitz or Pawnee Rock, with neither community having any active cases listed on Monday’s county report.

The county’s Friday report also lists 317 active quarantine/isolation orders, up one from the 316 listed on the Sept. 13 report.

To date, Barton County has reported 3,156 positive cases of COVID-19, up 75 from the 3,081 on the Monday, Sept. 13 report.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the only active remaining cluster in Barton County as of Friday afternoon is at the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend. In other areas of the Golden Belt, St. John-Hudson Junior/Senior High School is still listed as active, with 16 cases reported in the last 14 days, and Lyons High School, with six cases reported in the last 14 days. Macksville USD 351 Junior/Senior High School, Roosevelt Elementary School in Hoisington and the Barton County Detention Center were no longer listed on KDHE’s active cluster report as of Friday afternoon.


As of 9 a.m. Friday, Kansas has had 396,907 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 13,405 hospitalizations and 5,865 statewide deaths. There were 6,876 new cases, 210 new hospitalizations and 92 new deaths reported since Monday, Sept. 13.

Here are the totals to date of positive and probable cases for area counties, followed by any change since Monday, Sept. 13, as reported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

• Barton 3,303 (+106)

• Ellsworth 1,309 (+14)

• Pawnee 1,253 (+23)

• Rice 1,304 (+32)

• Rush 481 (+4)

• Russell 987 (+23)

• Stafford 483 (+27)

Barton County has reported 105 COVID-19 related hospitalizations to date and Pawnee County has reported 56. This is an increase of two hospitalizations in Barton County since Monday, with no increase in Pawnee County.

KDHE reported three more deaths related to COVID-19 were confirmed in area counties since Wednesday – one in Barton County, one in Ellsworth County, and one in Russell County. Area death totals as of Friday:

• Barton 52 (+1)

• Ellsworth 27 (+1)

• Pawnee 15

• Rice 13

• Rush 15

• Russell 31 (+1)

• Stafford 13

Barton County has reported 105 COVID-19 related hospitalizations to date – an increase of two since Monday – and Pawnee County has reported 56, a number unchanged since Monday.

Great Bend USD 428

Great Bend USD 428 last updated its COVID-19 statistics on Monday, Sept. 13, reporting 13 active cases and 31 resolved cases district-wide.

Cases per building:

GBHS 1 (active) and 10 (resolved)

GBMS 1 and 5

Eisenhower 4 and 7

Little Panthers Preschool 1 and 0

Jefferson 4 and 1

Lincoln 1 and 6

Park 0 and 1

Riley 1 and 1

There have been no cases at the District Education Center or at Helping Hands Preschool.