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Fewer local COVID-19 clusters reported this week
Kansas sees 1,293 new cases from Monday to Wednesday
350 1st doses 2-22-21

Barton County Health Department reports that as of 5 p.m. Thursday, the county has had 670 positive cases and 146 of those remain active. This was an increase of 31 cases since Monday, Oct. 12.  The county has issued 3,926 quarantine or isolation orders and 750 of those are active. The new cases are in residents of Ellinwood (3), Great Bend (19), Hoisington (7) and rural Barton County (2).

There were no local long-term care facilities on the state’s COVID-19 cluster list when it was updated Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

A group living facility operated by Rosewood Services in Great Bend was on the list for the second consecutive week, with nine cases within the last 14 days. The last onset date of a case there was Oct. 10.

Correctional facilities at Ellsworth and Hutchinson were on the list, but the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility was removed from the list.

The Russell Senior Center in Russell, which was on the list the previous week, was no longer listed as a cluster.

KDHE publishes the names of locations that have five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset dates in the last 14 days. The list, along with other information, is published every Wednesday on the KDHE coronavirus website,

New cases

KDHE reports the number of COVID-19 cases statewide as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, was 69,155, with 3,309 hospitalizations and 838 deaths. There were 1,293 new cases and 67 new deaths reported since Monday, Oct. 12.

Dr. Lee Norman, the state health department’s top administrator, said 60 of the new deaths were reported as it reviewed death certificates from previous weeks and added ones it had previously missed to its count, the Associated Press reports.

The KDHE data on Barton County’s total hospitalizations had not changed since Monday; 32 hospitalizations, nine intensive care unit (ICU) admission, five on mechanical ventilation, and 18 discharged patients. The number of patients by age group was:

45-54 years, four; 

55-65 years, 11;

65-74 years, eight;

75-84 years, four;

85+ years, five.

Pawnee County shows seven total hospitalizations, one being an ICU admission, no mechanical ventilation, and six discharged patients. The number of patients by age group was:

35-44 years, one;

55-64 years, one;

65-74 years, two;

75-84 years, three.

Area Counties

Ellsworth County Health Department on Wednesday reported there have been 133 total cases with six active community cases. "Community cases" do not include the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. One new community case had been identified since Monday. There have been two hospitalizations and no deaths.

Pawnee County Health Department updates its numbers on Tuesdays. This week, the county reports 406 cases to date including those at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, with 105 community cases. The county has identified 14 cases in the last seven days and has 14 active cases. The risk level for the county is “orange” (substantial controlled risk), a step up from last week’s “yellow” (minimal to moderate) risk level.

Rice County Health Department reports that as of Tuesday, there have been 107 positive cases with 83 recovered cases and one COVID-related death. There are 23 active cases: five in Sterling, 11 in Lyons, two in Alden, one in Raymond, three in Bushton and one in Little River.

Rush County Health Department reports that as of Monday, Rush County has tested 627 people; out of those, 93 have been positive with 14 that were still active and in isolation. The county has had 79 COVID-19 patients that have recovered.

Russell County Health Department reports that as of 5 p.m. Monday there have been 141 positive cases and three deaths (an increase of two deaths since Friday, Oct. 9). There were 17 active cases in isolation. Eighteen county residents have been hospitalized with nine current hospitalize at Russell Region and other area hospitals. There have been 1,722 negative tests performed.

Stafford County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday, there have been 65 total positive cases. Two cases were active and there were 14 active quarantine/isolation orders. There has been one death attributed to COVID-19.

Barton County Health Department reports that as of Monday the county has had 639 positive cases to date and 144 of those remain active. Seven people have died. The county has issued 3,722 quarantine or isolation orders and 727 of those are active.