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Barton County sees 33 new cases from Monday to Wednesday
Coronavirus breaking news

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports that, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Kansas has had 421,462 positive COVID-19 cases, resulting in 14,330 hospitalizations and 6,151 statewide deaths. There were 2,121 new cases, 91 new hospitalizations and nine new deaths reported since Monday.

Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington and Great Bend High School were both still listed as COVID-19 exposure locations on the cluster summary. Every Wednesday, KDHE publishes locations that have five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset in the last 14 days.

KDHE reports Country Place Senior Living has had seven cases in the last 14 days, with the last date of symptom onset being Oct. 6. GBHS has had five, with the last symptom onset date being Oct. 7. 

Monday, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton indicated that Jefferson Elementary might make the list, but it did not. District Public Information Officer Andrea Bauer noted, “our positive cases are a moving target with new ones added (to the weekly report on the USD 428 website).” As of Tuesday, the count showed 21 students and six staff with positive COVID-19 cases throughout the district.

Area case totals

Total cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Wednesday:

• Barton 3,742 (+33 since Monday)

• Ellsworth 1,358 (-1)

• Pawnee 1,423 (+14)

• Rice 1,419 (+4)

• Rush 495 (+1)

• Russell 1,064 (+14)

• Stafford 555 (+11)

Area death totals

There was one new area death related to COVID-19 reported, in Stafford County. Here are the death totals for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday:

• Barton 56 

• Ellsworth 28

• Pawnee 15

• Rice 15  

• Rush 15

• Russell 33 

• Stafford 15 (+1 since Monday)