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Kansas has not detected Omicron
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The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in Kansas, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As of Monday, 103 counties have detected variants, the most common being the Delta variant.

Fifty-one percent of Barton County residents 5 years of age and older have been vaccinated with at least one dose and 46.47% have completed the vaccine series.

Statewide statistics

As of 9 a.m. Monday, Kansas has had 489,354 COVID-19 cases over the course of the pandemic, resulting in 16,287 hospitalizations and 6,875 statewide deaths. There were 3,245 new cases, 70 new hospitalizations and 45 new deaths reported since Friday, Dec. 10. This includes one new death in Barton County and one in Stafford County.

Area cases

Here are the total cases for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday, with the change since Dec. 10:

• Barton 4,534 (+27)

• Ellsworth 1,551 (+12)

• Pawnee 1,606 (+13)

• Rice 1,691 (+21)

• Rush 577 (+2)

• Russell 1,405 (+12)

• Stafford 813 (+13)

Area deaths

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

• Barton 71 (+1)

• Ellsworth 31

• Pawnee 21

• Rice 16 

• Rush 16

• Russell 34

• Stafford 23 (+1)


• As of 9 a.m. Monday, Barton County has reported 157 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, 31 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and 106 discharged patients reported to KDHE to date. These numbers were unchanged from Friday. The median age of patients admitted so far in December is 58.

• Pawnee County has reported 69 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 47 discharged patients to date. These numbers have not changed since Nov. 29.

• Stafford County has reported 32 hospital admissions, an increase of one since Friday. There have been 12 ICU admissions and 19 discharged patients to date. Those numbers were unchanged since Friday.