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Barton County reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths
covid 12-20-20

Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock reports there have been 2,025 positive COVID-19 cases and 21 related deaths in the county as of 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28. This represents 121 new cases and two new deaths since the last report on Dec. 18. The number of active positive cases has dropped to 107.

The cases represent 864 males and 1,161 females. Of the new cases, 49 are males and 72 are females.

Of the new cases, two reside in Claflin, four in Ellinwood, 80 in Great Bend, 11 in Hoisington, one in Pawnee Rock and 23 in rural Barton County.

Total cases by residence, followed by the number of current active cases, follows:

Albert 6 - 0

Claflin 63 - 1

Ellinwood 191 - 5

Great Bend 1,244 - 75

Hoisington 175 - 11

Olmitz 11 - 0

Pawnee Rock 15 - 1

Rural Barton County 320 - 14

Great Bend USD 428

The school district reports that Great Bend Middle School had two students who tested positive on Dec. 22. One had three close contacts in reference to school and one had seven. Great Bend USD 428 data is provided by school nurses and posted on the district website after contact tracing is complete and close contacts have been notified.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports a total of 216,062 cases, resulting in 6,568 hospitalizations and 2,548 deaths statewide as of 9 a.m. Monday. There were 6,373 new cases, 41 new deaths and 144 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday, Dec. 23.

KDHE’s total count of COVID-19 cases by county shows 2,142 for Barton County. As of May 7, 2020, confirmed and probable cases are included in KDHE case totals. For more detailed information visit the website

KDHE’s totals for other area counties: Ellsworth, 1,044; Pawnee, 967; Rice, 766; Rush, 336; Russell, 700; Stafford, 268.

KDHE has now added county-by-county death summaries to its website. The numbers are preliminary and subject to verifications. A COVID-19 death is any person that died where the death certificate lists COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 as the underlying cause of death or a significant contributing factor to death.

The death summary for area counties: Barton, 31; Ellsworth, 9; Pawnee, 6; Rice, 3; Rush, 8; Russell, 15; Stafford, 8.