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Barton County issues COVID update for Nov. 25
Ellsworth Correctional Facility still on cluster list
covid update 11-25-20

Barton County has now had 1,560 positive cases of COVID-19, Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reported Wednesday afternoon. This is an increase of 58 cases from the county’s last report on Monday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the county had 314 positive active cases and there have been 13 deaths. The county has issued 5,691 quarantine or isolation orders and 645 of those remain active.

The 58 new cases include 20 males and 38 females. Five reside in Claflin, four in Ellinwood, 35 in Great Bend, four in Hoisington, one in Olmitz, two in Pawnee Rock and seven in rural Barton County.

The number of cases to date by residence, followed by the number of current active cases:

Albert 1 - 1

Claflin 57 - 14

Ellinwood 162 - 24

Great Bend 938 - 215

Hoisington 138 - 22

Olmitz 10 - 2

Pawnee Rock 12 - 6

Rural Barton County 242 - 30


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday there have been 147,797 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 4,921 hospitalizations and 1,503 deaths. There were 5,738 new cases, 47 new deaths and 144 new hospitalizations reported since Monday, Nov. 23.

Barton County has had 55 total hospitalizations, including 12 intensive care unit admissions and seven patients placed on mechanical ventilation; 39 patients have been discharged. The data only includes cases with available discharge information reported to KDHE. This is an increase of two hospitalizations and two discharges since Monday’s report.

KDHE also updates cluster information every Wednesday, reporting the locations where there have been five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset dates in the last 14 days.

Ellsworth Correctional Facility was on the cluster list with five cases. Hutchinson Detention Center had 140 cases and the Reno County Youth Services in Hutchinson had eight.

Locust Grove Village, a long-term care facility in La Crosse, had eight cases.