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COVID-19 cases drop, but two area deaths reported
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As of 9 a.m. Friday, Kansas has had 768,725 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 19,672 hospitalizations and 8,006 deaths statewide, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There were 303 new cases, 45 new hospitalizations and three new deaths reported since Wednesday. One of the deaths was in Pawnee County and one was in Russell County.

Area cases totals

The total number of COVID-19 cases to date for Rush County was adjusted downward by one case. Here are the area case totals as of 9 a.m. Friday, with any change since Wednesday:

• Barton 6,481 (+1) 

• Ellsworth 2,012 (+0)

• Pawnee 2,120 (+1)

• Rice 2,603 (+2)

• Rush 807 (-1)

• Russell 1,874 (+2)

• Stafford 1,134 (+0)

Area deaths

Here are the COVID-related death totals for area counties as of 9 a.m. Friday. These were the first new area deaths reported since Feb. 16.

• Barton 86 

• Ellsworth 31

• Pawnee 24 (+1)

• Rice 22 

• Rush 18

• Russell 37 (+1) 

• Stafford 26


The Great Bend Tribune also reports on COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Barton, Pawnee and Stafford counties.

• As of 9 a.m. Friday, Barton County has reported 176 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, including 32 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions to date, and 114 discharged patients reported to KDHE. These numbers were unchanged since Monday.

• Pawnee County has reported 77 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 51 discharged patients to date. These numbers include one new hospitalization and one new discharge since Wednesday, the first change since Feb. 16. 

• Stafford County has reported 36 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 23 discharged patients to date. These numbers have not changed since Jan. 5.