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Barton County reports 29 new COVID-19 cases Friday
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The Barton County Health Department Friday afternoon announced 29 new positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 536, Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman said.

The new cases Friday included 11 males and 18 females. Of the total, 218 are male and 318 are female.

To date, the county has issued 3,315 quarantine/isolation orders and 755 of those are active. 

There are 167 active cases and there have been seven deaths.

Residence and number:

The location and number of positive cases, followed by the number of current active cases:

• Claflin - 12 - 0

• Ellinwood - 77 - 53

• Great Bend - 273 - 88

• Hoisington - 62 - 3

• Pawnee Rock - 5 - 0

• Olmitz - 1 - 0

• Rural Barton County - 106 - 23

The Barton County Health Department continues to identify close contacts of the individuals of each positive case, Health Director Karen Winkelman said. 

Close contact is defined as being within six 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, she said. “The public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and infection control.” 


Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 61,111 confirmed and probable cases statewide, resulting in 698 deaths, as of Friday. This was an increase of 1,338 new cases and seven new deaths from Wednesday.

There have been 2,983 hospitalizations and 407,006 negative tests.