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County updates COVID-19 statistics
13 new cases reported Friday
oct 23 2020 covid

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Barton County rose to 723 Friday afternoon, an increase of 13 cases since the last report on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 to date was unchanged, at seven.

Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reported there were 83 active cases.

The county has issued 4,134 quarantine or isolation orders and 447 of those were active. The total cases represent 300 males and 423 females.

The new cases include six males and seven females; three reside in Ellinwood, eight in Great Bend, one in Hoisington and one in rural Barton County.

The location and total number of positive cases, followed by the number of active cases:

Claflin 14 - 1

Ellinwood 92 - 8

Great Bend 398 - 53

Hoisington 79 - 8

Olmitz 2 - 0

Pawnee Rock 7 - 2

Rural Barton County 131 - 11

USD 428

On Friday, Great Bend USD 428 was notified that a staff member at Great Bend Middle School had tested positive. No additional quarantines were expected to result from that report. It was the first positive reported by the school district since last Sunday.

Pawnee County

The Pawnee County Health Department updated its COVID-19 statistics on Monday, Oct. 19. Total Pawnee County cases including the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility were 413, with 106 community cases. Two cases had been identified in the last seven days and six cases were still active.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports Pawnee County has had one COVID-related death to date.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports that as of 9 a.m. Friday there have been 76,230 COVID-19 cases statewide since the pandemic began, resulting in 3,584 hospitalizations and 975 deaths. There were 1,774 new cases, 78 new hospitalizations and 23 new deaths reported since Wednesday, Oct. 21.

There have been 616,262 people tested and 540,032 negative tests; the monthly percent positive rate was 8.1%.

KDHE reports Barton County has had 36 hospitalizations, with nine Intensive Care Unit admissions and five patients placed on mechanical ventilation, and 21 discharged patients. These numbers had not changed from Wednesday.

Pawnee County’s hospitalization summary was also unchanged from Wednesday, with eight total hospitalizations, one ICU admission and seven discharged patients.