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Fewer COVID-19 cases reported this week
But not all test results are in
daily report 12-4-20

Barton County saw a drop in the number of active COVID-19 cases this past week, with 46 new cases between Monday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 4. Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock noted, however, that the update released at 5 p.m. Friday did not include any results from Tourhealth, the company operating the testing site at Barton Community College.

“Tourhealth is experiencing difficulty in reporting test results to KDHE (the Kansas Department of Health and Environment),” Hathcock said.

The 46 new cases in the four-day period were less than half the 95 new positive cases reported between Nov. 25 and Nov. 30.

Barton County has had 1,701 positive cases to date, and 196 of those were active Friday. Last Monday, 241 cases were active. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Barton County was unchanged at 13.

The county has issued 5,870 quarantine or isolation orders and 334 were active Friday, down from 403 last Monday. The 1,701 cases include 730 males and 971 females

Of the 46 new cases, 26 are males and 20 are females. One resides in Claflin, two in Ellinwood, 28 in Great Bend, five in Hoisington and 10 in rural Barton County.

The location of cases to date by residence, followed by the number of current active cases:

Albert 1 - 0

Claflin 59 - 7

Ellinwood 172 - 12

Great Bend 1,028 - 125

Hoisington 152 - 18

Olmitz 10 - 1

Pawnee Rock 13 - 2

Rural Barton County 266 - 31


KDHE showed Barton County with 1,782 total COVID-19 cases as of 9 a.m. Friday, an increase of 40 cases from the state’s last report on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Due to differences in reporting times, KDHE numbers are typically greater than local numbers.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, there have been 168,295 COVID-19 cases statewide, resulting in 5,417 hospitalizations and 1,786 deaths. There were 6,234 new cases, 107 new deaths and 127 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday.