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Barton County reports 34 new COVID-19 cases Friday
State reports 1,855 new COVID-19 cases Friday
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Barton County has now had 601 positive COVID-19 cases, per Friday’s report from Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman. This represents 34 new cases since 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday. Twenty-five of the cases were in Great Bend.

According to the report issued at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Barton County has issued 3,642 quarantine or isolation orders and 499 of were still active. Of the 601 positive cases, 114 were active and there have been seven deaths.

The cases were made up of 244 males and 357 females from the following locations, with the number of total cases followed by the number of current active cases:

Claflin - 12 - 0

Ellinwood - 82 - 7

Great Bend - 320 - 82

Hoisington - 68 - 8

Olmitz - 2 - 1

Pawnee Rock - 5 - 0

Rural Barton County - 112 - 16

Of the 34 new cases, 10 were males and 24 were females. Two reside in Ellinwood, 25 in Great Bend, two in Hoisington, one in Olmitz and four in rural Barton County.


Kansas Department of Health and Environment updated its COVID-19 statistics on Friday.

Statewide, there have been 65,807 positive cases resulting in 3,185 hospitalizations and 763 deaths as of 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. There were 1,855 new cases and 40 new deaths reported since Wednesday.

There have been 494,382 negative tests.

KDHE also shows 31 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Barton County as of Friday, an increase of one since Wednesday. The number of ICU admissions (9) and the number of patients on mechanical ventilation (5) each increased by one. KDHE reports there have been 18 discharged patients, an increase of one, based on information reported to the agency.

Pawnee County has had seven hospitalizations, one ICU admission and six discharged patients.

Great Bend USD 428

Great Bend USD received two notifications on Thursday, Oct. 8:

• A student at Great Bend High School tested positive; 17 additional students were expected to receive quarantine orders for close contact.

• A staff member at Lincoln Elementary tested positive; eight students expected to receive quarantine orders based on close contact.

USD 428 was notified on Friday that a student at Riley Elementary School tested positive, and two additional students were expected to receive quarantine orders based on close contact.