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Barton County continues to improve in state ranking for COVID-19 risk
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Out of 105 Kansas counties, Barton County was 87th on Monday for the Kansas County COVID rankings (an improvement from the 89th ranking last Friday). Pawnee County was 49th in the rankings (down from 38th). The 1st place ranking is the county at lowest risk and 105th is the county at highest risk for COVID-19.

The rankings are a combination of three COVID measures: the vaccination rate, the seven-day average number of COVID cases per 100,000 people, and the seven-day average COVID tests per 100,000 people. The Great Bend Tribune shows seven-day averages as a percentage of the population.

Barton County -  Vaccination rate is 44% of the eligible population (age 12+ years) who have received the full COVID-19 vaccination series (ranking 83rd); COVID cases 0.67% (ranking 95th); COVID tests 5.18% (ranking 34th).

Pawnee County - Vaccination rate is 52% (ranking 28th); COVID cases 0.82 (ranking 100th); and COVID tests 5.90% (ranking 24th).

Great Bend USD 428

USD 428 reports 25 active COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Monday. Cases may include students and/or staff.

There were no classes Monday, which was a scheduled teacher in-serve day.

The active cases included 6 at Great Bend High School four at Great Bend Middle School, five at Eisenhower Elementary, two at Little Panthers Preschool, two at Jefferson Elementary, three at Lincoln Elementary, two at Riley Elementary and one at Special Services. There were no active cases at Park Elementary, the District Education Center or Helping Hands Preschool.

In addition to the 25 active cases, USD 428 has had 68 resolved cases so far this semester.

State reports

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as of 9 a.m. Monday, there have been 413,119 COVID-19 cases in Kansas, resulting in 13,968 hospitalizations and 6,071 deaths over the course of the pandemic. There were 1,817 new cases, 38 new hospitalizations and three new deaths reported statewide since Friday, Oct. 1. There were no new deaths reported for area counties.

Area totals

Total cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday:

• Barton 3,587 (+43 since Friday)

• Ellsworth 1,344 (+4)

• Pawnee 1,351 (+18)

• Rice 1,400 (+14)

• Rush 491 (+1)

• Russell 1,027 (+5)

• Stafford 527 (+2)