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Another death reported at Hutch Correctional Facility
46 new cases in Barton County - 4 more residents hospitalized
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A Hutchinson Correctional Facility resident who died Thursday, Oct. 29 had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second COVID-19 related resident death at HCF (the first died on Oct. 27), and the eighth resident death related to COVID-19 for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The resident tested positive for the virus on Oct. 16 and was transferred to the hospital on Oct. 19. He was a 50-year old Asian or Pacific Islander male with underlying medical concerns that contributed to his condition. The resident was serving a 16-year sentence for aggravated criminal sodomy. He had been imprisoned with the KDOC since September 2015.

Barton County

Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reports the county has seen 797 COVID-19 cases as of 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. This is an increase of 46 new cases since Tuesday morning, Oct. 27.

There were 80 active cases Friday and there have been seven deaths related to COVID-19 here over the course of the pandemic.

Barton County has issued 4,317 quarantine or isolation orders to date, including 117 since last Tuesday, and 238 of those remain active.

The new cases represent 18 males and 28 females; five reside in Ellinwood, 32 in Great Bend, five in Hoisington and four in rural Barton County.

The total cases to date, by residence, and the number of currently active cases are:

Claflin 15 - 1

Ellinwood 102 - 13

Great Bend 445 - 48

Hoisington 86 - 8

Olmitz 3 - 1

Pawnee Rock 7 - 0

Rural Barton County 139 - 9

Great Bend USD 428 

Great Bend USD 428 received four COVID-19 notifications on Thursday, Oct. 29, according to the district website.

• A staff member at the USD 428 District Education Center tested positive. One additional quarantine is expected.

• A student at Great Bend High School tested positive. Ten additional quarantines are expected for close contact.

• Another student at GBHS tested positive. USD 428 was waiting on dates from the Barton County Health Department to determine contact tracing.

• A student at Great Bend Middle School tested positive. No additional quarantines are expected.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment updated its COVID-19 statistics at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. There have been 85,181 cases, resulting in 3,832 hospitalizations and 1,029 statewide deaths. There were 3,136 new cases, 22 new deaths and 80 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday, Oct. 28.

There have been 557,601 negative tests and 77,342 positive tests (12%).

KDHE reports Barton County has had 42 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including nine Intensive Care Unit admissions and five patients placed on mechanical ventilation. Twenty-six patients have been discharged. There were four new hospitalizations and one new dismissal reported since Oct. 28.

The age groups of these patients are: 0-9 years, one; 25-34 years, two; 45-54 years, four; 55-64 years, 14; 65-74 years, nine; 75-84 years, six; 85+ years, six.