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County releases Aug. 19 COVID update

Barton County had 49 positive, active cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Thursday, County Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reported. The update shows there are 116 active quarantine or isolation orders.

To date, the Barton County Health Department reports 2,737 positive cases – 1,179 males and 1,558 females – and has issued 7,415 quarantine/isolation orders.

Of the active positive cases, seven are residents of Ellinwood, 21 reside in Great Bend, five reside in Hoisington, and 16 reside in rural Barton County.

Here are the total cases to date for area locations:

Albert 11

Claflin 71

Ellinwood 233

Great Bend 1,667

Hoisington 259

Olmitz 13

Pawnee Rock 16

Rural Barton County 467

The Barton County Health Department (BCHD) continues to identify close contacts of the individuals of each positive case. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. BCHD will actively monitor the close contacts for 10 days for symptoms. The public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and infection control.


To date, there have been 353,390 cases of COVID-19 as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in 12,311 hospitalizations and 5,456 deaths statewide, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports. 

The number of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases associated with COVID-19 remained unchanged at 17.

There were 3,006 new cases, 98 new hospitalizations and 62 new deaths reported statewide since Monday, Aug. 16.

Cluster update

Every Wednesday, KDHE publishes the names of locations that have five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset dates in the last 14 days. The only location from the area still on the list if Kenwood Plaza Assisted Living, a long-term care facility in St. John, which has had five cases in the last 14 days. The last onset date was Aug. 6.

A public event, Dodge City Days in Ford County, is also on the list. There have been 17 cases connected to the 10-day festival, which ran from July 30 through Aug. 8. The last onset date was Aug. 16.