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Barton County vaccinations continue March 3
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As of the end of last week, there have been 4,314 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered through the Barton County Health Department, according to County Administrator Phil Hathcock.

Another drive-through vaccination clinic is planned for Wednesday, March 3. As before, vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis at the Expo III grounds west of Great Bend. Booster doses for individuals who received their first dose on or before Feb. 3 will be administered from 9 a.m. to noon. First doses will be available starting at 2 p.m. These are available to persons aged 65 years or older, people who live in congregate settings and high-contact critical workers as outlined in Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan.

During last Wednesday’s drive-through clinic, 940 first and second doses were given, Hathcock said. This week, the Health Department expects to receive 500 first doses. He was unsure of the number of second doses expected.

Last Thursday, three teams from the Health Department fanned out to county hospitals with 200 doses for each.  Ellinwood District Hospital held a clinic at its facility, Clara Barton Hospital held a clinic at the Hoisington Activity Center, and University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus held a clinic at Grace Community Church.

Health Department personnel administered the shots.


As of 9 a.m. Monday, 13.5% of Kansans – 393,860 people – have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 190,587 people have received the second dose.

Distribution for the week will be posted Tuesday afternoon.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, Kansas has had 294,302 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 9,290 hospitalizations and 4,743 deaths statewide. There were 639 new cases, eight new deaths and 41 new hospitalizations reported since Friday, Feb. 26.

Here are the total confirmed and probable cases for area counties as of Monday, followed by the total deaths:

• Barton 2,570 cases (-2 from Friday), 48 deaths (unchanged)

• Ellsworth 1,208 (+2), 24 (+0)

• Pawnee 1,133 (+1), 14 (+0)

• Rice 1,054 (+2), 12 (+0)

• Rush 425 (+1), 13 (+0)

• Russell 842 (+3), 27 (+0)

• Stafford 333, 9 (no changes)