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Additional COVID-19 case reported in the county
Patient admitted at Pawnee Valley hospital in Larned

The 46th positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Barton County over the weekend. This was a female from the city of Great Bend, County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman said. 

Of the 46 cases, the number of active cases stands at seven. There has still been only one death attributed to the virus.

There have also been 447 quarantine/isolation orders issued. Of those, 47 are still active. 

The breakdown of gender is as follows:

• Male - 20 

• Female - 26 

The breakdown of residence is as follows:

• Claflin - 3

• Ellinwood - 6

• Great Bend - 32

• Rural Great Bend - 4

• Rural northeast corner of county - 1

A case reported on June 5 as being in rural Ellinwood was reclassified to the city of Ellinwood.

Four cases in Pawnee County

The number of cases on Pawnee County has risen to four and the University of Kansas Health System - Pawnee Valley Campus at Larned reports a patient with COVID-19 has been admitted for treatment. The patient is in a specially equipped area that is designed to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients, visitors, staff and physicians.

According to a hospital news release, when the patient arrived, caregivers wearing protective personal gear coordinated the patient’s entry into the hospital. No other patients, visitors or caregivers were exposed.

The Barton County Health Department continues to identify close contacts of the individuals of each positive case, Zimmerman said. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. 

The BCHD will actively monitor the close contacts for 14 days for symptoms.  

“The public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and infection control,” she said.

At the state level as of Monday, there were 10,650 cases with 936 hospitalizations and 236 deaths.