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COVID-19 transmission on the rise in central Kansas
Coronavirus breaking news

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there were 3,211 new cases of COVID-19 and four new COVID-related deaths reported between May 25 and June 1. Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 789,127 cases and 8,943 deaths.

The state averaged 359 new cases daily over seven days as of May 30.

On Thursday, Governor Laura Kelly is scheduled to sign legislation giving financial relief to small businesses affected by the pandemic.

Here are the total cases to date for area counties as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with any change from May 25:

• Barton 6,544 (+27)

• Ellsworth 2,022 (+3)

• Pawnee 2,157 (+4)

• Rice 2,623 (+2)

• Rush 811

• Russell 1,888 (+4)

• Stafford 1,156 (+16)

Weekly cumulative rate

The weekly cumulative incidence rate from May 21-27 is also shown because data from the most recent five days is expected to be incomplete. For that period, KDHE show:

• Barton County had 19 new cases, making the transmission rate “substantial” (50-99 cases per 100,000 people).

• Ellsworth county had 5 new cases for a “substantial” rating.

• Pawnee County had 4 new cases for a “substantial” rating

• Rice County had 3 new cases for a “moderate” rating (10-49 cases per 100,000 people).

• Rush County had 1 new case for a “moderate” rating.

• Russell County had 1 new case for a “moderate” rating.

• Stafford County had 6 new cases for a “high” rating (greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people).