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Half of eligible Barton County residents have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus breaking news

No cases of COVID-19 cases in Kansas have been attributed to the Omicron variant as of Monday morning, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports.

KDHE reports that 50.64% of people age 5 years and older in Barton County have been vaccinated with at least one dose and 46.18% (11,207 residents) have completed the vaccine series.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, there have been 477,789 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 15,971 hospitalizations and 6,743 statewide deaths over the course of the pandemic. There were 3,310 new cases, 77 new hospitalizations and 13 new deaths reported since Friday, Dec. 3. This includes two new deaths in Stafford County.

Area cases

Here are the total cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday, with the change since Dec. 3:

• Barton 4,425 (+36)

• Ellsworth 1,521 (+9)

• Pawnee 1,584 (+8)

• Rice 1,629 (+13)

• Rush 566 (+1)

• Russell 1,358 (+8)

• Stafford 774 (+10)

Area deaths

Here are the death totals for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday, with any change since Friday.

• Barton 68

• Ellsworth 31

• Pawnee 20

• Rice 16 

• Rush 16

• Russell 34

• Stafford 21 (+2)


• As of 9 a.m. Monday, Barton County has reported 152 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, an increase of three since last Friday. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions to date remained unchanged at 30. The 104 discharged patients reported to KDHE to date represent an increase of one. The median age of patients admitted so far in December is 45.

• Pawnee County has reported 69 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 47 discharged patients to date. These numbers were unchanged from Nov. 29.

• Stafford County reported one new hospital admission and one new ICU admission, bringing the totals to 29 and 11, respectively. The number of discharged patients reported to date was unchanged at 19.