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Golden Belt sees no COVID-19 deaths since March 24
No area clusters reported this week
Coronavirus breaking news

More than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. So far 801,925 Kansans – 27.5% of the total population – have been vaccinated with one dose and 427,541 people have received a second dose.

Barton County held a drive-through vaccination clinic Wednesday morning at Brit Spaugh Park, offering doses and booster doses of the Moderna vaccine. According to KDHE data, Barton County was allocated 1,800 first doses this week; neighboring Rice County was allocated 300; Ellsworth, Pawnee and Russell counties were each allocated 200; Stafford County was allocated 100 and Rush County was allocated zero first doses. These counties reportedly distributed similar numbers of first doses for the week of March 14.

Case numbers

To date, Kansas has had 302,372 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 9,728 hospitalizations and 4,913 deaths statewide as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. There were 510 new cases, 11 new deaths and 31 new hospitalizations reported since Monday. There have been no new deaths reported in the area since last Wednesday, March 24. Barton County’s total positive or probable COVID-19 cases to date as of Wednesday decreased by two and other area counties had zero or one new case since Monday.

Totals for area counties:

• Barton 2,595 cases (-2 from Monday) 48 deaths

• Ellsworth 1,215 (-) 25

• Pawnee 1,142 (+1) 13

• Rice 1,064 (+1) 12

• Rush 431 (-) 14

• Russell 854 (+1) 27

• Stafford 337 (-) 9

No area clusters

There have been 1,863 clusters over the course of the pandemic, resulting in 2,030 deaths. Only 39 clusters are active; they represent 3,379 cases, 68 hospitalizations and 22 deaths.

Every Wednesday, KDHE releases the names of locations that have five or more cases with symptom onset in the last 14 days. Once again, there were no area cluster locations listed. The three cluster locations named are all in eastern Kansas: Shawnee County Jail in Topeka has had five cases within the last 14 days, with the last onset date on March 27; Pathways Family Services, a group living facility in Topeka, has had 15 cases, with the last onset date on March 23; and Langston Hughes Elementary School in Lawrence has had seven, with the last onset date on March 24.