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Barton County reports 6 active COVID-19 cases

There were six active positive COVID-19 cases and six active quarantine or isolation orders in Barton County as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to numbers released by County Administrator Phil Hathcock. These included four residents of Great Bend, one from Olmitz and one in rural Barton County.

The county saw a net gain of one new case since the last report on Friday, March 26, when there were eight positive active cases. 

Here are the latest total cases by residence:

• Albert 11

• Claflin 69

• Ellinwood 215

• Great Bend 1,514

• Hoisington 242

• Olmitz 13

• Pawnee Rock 16

• Rural Barton County 412 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its travel guidelines on Friday to say people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can safely travel in the United States and overseas without self-quarantine or a coronavirus test, as long as they wear a mask in public spaces.

As of Friday, 868,292 Kansans – 29.8% of the total population – had received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 455,599 people had received the second dose, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 302,873 COVID-19 cases in Kansas, resulting in 9,753 hospitalizations and 4,932 deaths statewide as of Friday morning. There were 501 new cases, 19 new deaths and 25 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday, March 31.

KDHE showed no new deaths and only a few new cases in area counties on Friday. Pawnee County had two new cases since Wednesday, Rice and Russell counties each had one, and there were no new cases in Barton, Ellsworth, Rush and Stafford counties.