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Five area COVID-19 clusters listed
Schools, long-term care site and jail on list
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Free COVID-19 vaccine available at Women’s Expo

The Barton County Health Department announced plans to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations at the Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo on Sept. 28.

All three vaccine preparations will be available: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

The Health Department will also offer regular, high dose and Flublok flu vaccines. For flu vaccinations, insurance or private pay will be accepted.

Hoisington USD 431’s Roosevelt Elementary School and USD 351’s Macksville Junior/Senior High School are listed as COVID-19 exposure locations this week by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Also on the list are the Dominican Sisters of Peace long-term care facility in Great Bend, Sterling Village long-term care facility in Sterling, and the Barton County Detention Center.

Every Wednesday, KDHE publishes the locations that have five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset dates in the last 14 days. This listing only includes cases within the last 14 days and does not include a cumulative case count associated with the locations.

Here is the information provided for each location:

• Barton County Detention Center has had 6 cases within the last 14 dates. The last onset date was Sept. 2.

• Dominican Sisters of Peace has had 6 cases with the last onset date on Sept. 5.

• Sterling Village in Rice County has had 5 cases with the last onset date on Aug. 30.

• Roosevelt Elementary in Hoisington has had 5 cases with the last onset date on Aug. 30.

• Macksville Junior/Senior High in Stafford County has had 5 cases and the last onset date was Sept. 2.

Seven other Kansas schools were listed as cluster locations, making this the largest category in a list where long-term care facilities are usually dominant:

• Circle Oil Hill Elementary, El Dorado, 9 cases

• Hesston Middle School, 13

• Lincoln Elementary School, McPherson, 6

• Quail Run Elementary, Lawrence, 6

• Trinity Academy, Wichita, 5

• USD 323 Rock Creek School - St. George Elementary, 22 

Great Bend USD 428

All of the schools in Great Bend USD 428 have seen COVID-19 cases since the fall semester began. The district office updated its COVID-19 numbers Tuesday afternoon. Although it was not on KDHE's list, the district reports five active positive cases at Eisenhower Elementary School. 

An active case is an individual who has tested positive or is presumed positive and is quarantined. A resolved case is a previously positive case that is resolved and the individual has returned to work or school.

Here are the total active and resolved cases for each school:

GBHS 4 active 5 resolved

GBMS 1 and 3

Eisenhower 5 and 3

Jefferson 0 and 1

Lincoln 2 and 4

Park 0 and 1

Riley 2 and 0

There have been no cases reported this semester at the District Education Center or Helping Hands Preschool.


As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 382,850 cases statewide, resulting in 13,063 hospitalizations and 5,693 deaths. The total number of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) cases associated with COVID-19 was unchanged at 18. There were 5,727 new cases, 142 new hospitalizations and 63 new deaths reported since Friday, Sept. 3.

Here are the total confirmed and probable cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, and any change since last Friday, Sept. 3

• Barton 3,079 (+88)

• Ellsworth 1,287 (+4)

• Pawnee 1,218 (+3)

• Rice 1,234 (+23)

• Rush 474 (+9)

• Russell 952 (+14)

• Stafford 417 (+13)

One new area death

One new death was reported in Russell County. This was the first area death related to COVID-19 reported since Aug. 25. Here are the totals to date:

• Barton 51

• Ellsworth 25

• Pawnee 14

• Rice 13

• Rush 15

• Russell 30

• Stafford 13

Barton County has reported 102 COVID-19 related hospitalizations to date and Pawnee County has reported 54. This is an increase of one for each county since last Friday.