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County reports 47 new COVID-19 cases since Dec. 31

Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock released the latest COVID-19 statistics on Tuesday, Jan. 5, showing 47 new cases since the last report on Thursday, Dec. 31. There have now been 2,132 positive cases in Barton County, and 105 of those were active as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The county has issued 6,564 quarantine or isolation orders and 211 were active.

Of the 2,132 cases to date, 902 were males and 1,230 were females.

The 47 new cases included 18 males and 29 females; two reside in Albert, one in Claflin, four in Ellinwood, 27 in Great Bend, nine in Hoisington and four in rural Barton County.

The total cases by residence, followed by the number of current active cases:

Albert 8 - 2

Claflin 64 - 2

Ellinwood 197 - 6

Great Bend 1,319 - 74

Hoisington 191 - 15

Olmitz 12 - 1

Pawnee Rock 15 - 0

Rural Barton County - 326 - 5

Great Bend USD 428

Great Bend USD 428 reports that on Jan. 3 the district was notified that a staff member at Eisenhower Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. USD 428 was also notified on Dec. 29 that a student at Jefferson Elementary School had tested positive. There were no close contacts at either school. Data on the USD 428 website is provided by school nurses and posted after contact tracing is complete and close contacts have been notified.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 231,317 total COVID-19 cases, resulting in 6,955 hospitalizations and 2,897 deaths statewide as of 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. There were 3,572 new cases, 18 new deaths and 52 new hospitalizations reported since Friday, Jan. 1.

KDHE showed total cases for Barton County was 2,256. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Barton County was 35, unchanged since Friday.

An El Dorado Correctional Facility resident who died Monday had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first COVID-19 related resident death at the facility, and the thirteenth resident death related to COVID-19 for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The resident tested positive for the virus on Dec. 28, 2020 and was transferred to the hospital on Jan. 2. He was a 65-year-old white male with underlying medical concerns that contributed to his condition. 

The resident was serving a 24-year sentence for attempted first degree murder and second degree murder. He had been imprisoned with the KDOC since September 2010.