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Ellinwood sees an increase in COVID-19 cases
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Barton County now has had 387 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. This is an increase of 22 cases since Monday, according to Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman.

The new cases are made up of nine males and 13 females; 15 reside in Ellinwood, three in Great Bend and four in rural Barton County.

Barton County’s positive cases to date include 171 males and 216 females. Of the 387 total cases, 92 remain active and there have been five deaths. The county has issued 2,589 quarantine or isolation orders and 570 of those are active.

The number of total cases and currently active cases by residence are:

Claflin 12 - 0

Ellinwood 38 - 20

Great Bend 186 - 42

Hoisington 59 - 6

Olmitz 1 - 0

Pawnee Rock - 4 - 1

Rural Barton County 87 - 23


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also updated its statistics on Wednesday, with the number of positive cases surpassing 50,000. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 16, there have been 50,870 cases, 2,616 hospitalizations, 586 deaths and 413,356 negative tests. There were 971 new cases and 52 new deaths reported since Monday, Sept. 14.

No active cluster update

The KDHE first released locations of active clusters on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and was expected to update that information this Wednesday. However, the website instead posted a notice that it is evaluating feedback it received and is assessing ways it can report the information “in a way that reflects current COVID-19 case increases.” While the website did not include outbreak names and locations, KDHE anticipates that new information will be released next Wednesday, Sept. 23.