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Eisenhower School, Country Place Senior Living named at COVID-19 cluster locations
Two new death reported in the Golden Belt
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Eisenhower Elementary School in Great Bend and Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington were listed as COVID-19 exposure locations Wednesday when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment updated its cluster list. Great Bend High School was on the list for the second week.

Every Wednesday, KDHE publishes the locations that have five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset in the last 14 days.

Country Place Senior Living made the list with nine cases; the latest symptom onset date was Oct. 3.

Eisenhower and GBHS each showed five cases with the latest onset date on Sept. 27 at both schools.

Kansas has had 415,431 COVID-19 cases over the course of the pandemic, resulting in 14,086 hospitalizations and 6,106 statewide deaths as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. There were 2,312 new cases, 118 new hospitalizations and 35 news deaths reported since Monday. These include one death in Barton County and one in Russell County.

The delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus accounts for the majority of new cases where the viruses have been sequenced. For example, 90 specimens have been sequenced in Barton County and 73 variants of concern were detected; three were the alpha variant and 70 were the delta variant.

Area case totals

Total cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Wednesday:

• Barton 3,626 (+39 since Monday)

• Ellsworth 1,348 (+4)

• Pawnee 1,371 (+20)

• Rice 1,406 (+6)

• Rush 494 (+3)

• Russell 1,041 (+14)

• Stafford 535 (+8)

Area death totals

Prior to Wednesday, the last area death related to COVID-19 was reported on Sept. 29, in Rice County. Here are the death totals for area counties as of 9 a.m. Wednesday:

• Barton 56 (+1 since Monday) 

• Ellsworth 28

• Pawnee 15

• Rice 16 

• Rush 15

• Russell 33 (+1)

• Stafford 14