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KDHE reports no new COVID-19 deaths
No new deaths from Wednesday to Friday this week
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday reported zero COVID-19 deaths since Wednesday, March 3.

To date, there have been 295,861 cases, 9,387 hospitalizations and 4,812 deaths as of Friday. There were 752 news cases and 32 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday.

Here are the total confirmed and probable cases for area counties, and total deaths, as of Friday morning:

• Barton 2,574 cases (+1 since Wednesday), 48 deaths

• Ellsworth 1,211 (+1), 25

• Pawnee 1,137 (+3), 14

• Rice 1,059 (+4), 12

• Rush 425 (+0), 14

• Russell 845 (+3), 27

• Stafford 332 (-1), 9


As of Friday, 15.1% of Kansans – 439,127 people – have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 219,306 people have received a second dose. A total of 1,015,940 doses have been distributed – 837,340 by the state and 178,600 through the federal pharmacy program.

Local vaccinations

Locally, Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic announced it will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, March 10, by appointment only. In coordination with the Barton County Health Department, the Ellinwood Clinic will receive 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose.

Here is the information Ellinwood Hospital & Clinic has posted online about how to make and appointment:

Please follow these steps to make an appointment.

1. Patients MUST meet Phase 1 or 2 KDHE criteria and be receiving their first dose. That means: 

   a. health-care workers

   b. residents in long-term care facilities

   c. workers critical to pandemic response continuity

   d. persons aged 65+

   e. patients living in congregate settings

   f. high contact critical workers

2. Patients MUST be scheduled by calling the Ellinwood Clinic at 620-564-3771.

3. Paperwork must be completed before arrival. 

Please be mindful that we are only allocated a certain quantity and appointments must be made in advance and the schedule must be adhered to. The logistics involved in the process are critical and patients must arrive to their appointment as assigned. More details about the process will be given at the scheduling of the appointment. Any delays in shipping or logistics may mean that we will have to reschedule. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Barton County

Assistant Barton County Administrator Donna Zimmerman released local statistics on Friday, showing six new cases in the county since Monday, March 1. There have now been 2,475 cases – 1,054 males and 1,421 females – with 10 positive cases active: five in Great Bend, three in Hoisington and two in rural Barton County.

The county has issued 6,991 quarantine or isolation orders and 47 of those were active.

The new cases were in four males and two females; four reside in Great Bend and two in rural Barton County. Here are the total positive cases by residence:

• Albert 11

• Claflin 69

• Ellinwood 213

• Great Bend 1,505

• Hoisington 235

• Olmitz 12

• Pawnee Rock 15

• Rural Barton County 415