Barton County health officials expect to receive 300 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine today and will conduct a drive-through vaccination clinic at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Barton County Expo III building west of Great Bend. This will be a first-come, first-served vaccination for eligible participants based on Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidance. Those who are eligible include persons 65 years of age or older, those in congregate settings, and high-contact critical workers as outlined in Phase 2 of the governor’s plan. Only those individuals will be included in this event, according to Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock.
Due to the limited number of vaccine doses Barton County has received, it is likely the event will end before 3 p.m.
Barton County anticipates receiving more vaccine in the near future and will continue to host additional drive-through clinics as soon as possible.
To expedite vaccination, Hathcock recommends eligible persons first visit www.bartoncounty.org online to download and complete the vaccine consent form found under the COVID-19 tab. This step is recommended but is not required.
Kansans have received 157,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state immunization registry, KSWebIZ. The number includes first and second doses. KSWEbIZ reports the number of Kansans now vaccinated is 132,145, or 4.5% of the population.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 269,255 COVID-19 cases in Kansas as of 9 a.m. Monday, resulting in 8,117 hospitalizations and 3,622 statewide deaths. There were 2,602 new cases, 24 new deaths and 76 new hospitalizations reported since Friday, Jan. 22.
Here are KDHE total cases and deaths for area counties:
• Barton 2,481 cases (+15 since Friday)
• Ellsworth 1,154 (+3)
• Pawnee 1,098 (+4)
• Rice 970 (+8)
• Rush 414 (+5)
• Russell 794 (+4)
• Stafford 315 (+1)
No new deaths were reported in area counties since Friday.