Great Bend High School was listed as a COVID-19 exposure location when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its weekly cluster summary on Wednesday. The school has had five positive cases with symptom onset in the last 14 days, with the last onset date being Thursday, Sept. 23.
Each Wednesday, KDHE reports locations with five or more COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.
Sterling College in Rice County was also on the list with five cases; the last onset date was Sept. 20.
Statewide, school accounted for the most cluster locations. Other schools on the list were Anthony Elementary School fifth grade in Harper County, 13 cases; Goessel Elementary School in Marion County, 6 cases; Hillsboro Elementary School in Marion County, 6 cases; Newton High School in Harvey County, 5 cases; and The Independent Lower School in Wichita, 30 cases; along with DeSoto High School Athletics in Johnson County, 7 cases.
Other cluster locations of note: Tabor College, Hillsboro, had 25 cases and Bethany Village long-term care facility in Lindsborg had 21.
Barton County’s county ranking Wednesday was 91 out of 105 and Pawnee County’s ranking was 40. The ranking is based on vaccination rate, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and the seven-day average of COVID-19 tests per 100,000 people.
During the course of the pandemic, which has now lasted more than 600 days, Kansas has had 408,934 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 13,806 hospitalizations and 6,051 statewide deaths as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. There were 2,481 new cases, 98 new hospitalizations and 27 new deaths reported since Monday, Sept. 27, including one in Rice County.
Total cases for area counties:
• Barton 3,493 (+41 since Monday)
• Ellsworth 1,339 (+3)
• Pawnee 1,322 (+22)
• Rice 1,373 (+7)
• Rush 490 (+1)
• Russell 1,015 (+11)
• Stafford 523 (+7)
Here are the death totals for area counties:
• Barton 55
• Ellsworth 28
• Pawnee 15
• Rice 16 (+1 since Monday)
• Rush 15
• Russell 32
• Stafford 14