Barton County officials received information on Friday, June 5, that an active COVID-19 patient from the county has died.
Officially, Barton County still lists one death related to the 2019 novel coronavirus as of 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6. This individual’s death has not been so classified at this time.
“Health Department personnel have been in contact with KDHE regarding the classification of this unfortunate death,” a news release from the county stated.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones at this time.”
As of Saturday morning, Barton County has had 45 positive cases – 20 males and 25 females – and has eight active cases. Officials have issued 436 quarantine or isolation orders and 58 of those are active.
The location and number of positive cases:
Rural Ellinwood, 1
Great Bend, 31
Rural Great Bend, 4
Rural NE corner of the county, 1
The Barton County Health Department 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 14 days for symptoms.
The public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Health officials encourage individuals to continue social distancing, limiting large gatherings, extra cleaning, adhering to personal hygiene measures, and staying home when sick.
The state’s figures were last updated on Friday morning, when Barton County still showed 44 positive cases.
There were 10,393 cases from 89 Kansas counties with 232 deaths reported as of 9 a.m. June 5.