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Nearly 7% of Kansans have received COVID-19 vaccination
Cluster reported at Little River nursing home
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The Ellsworth Correctional Facility is back on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 cluster list this week, along with the Sandstone Heights Nursing Home in Little River. There were no additional clusters in Barton County or its surrounding counties.

Every Wednesday, KDHE publishes the names of locations that have had five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset dates in the last 14 days. The Ellsworth Correctional Facility had five, with the last onset date on Jan. 26. The Sandstone Heights Nursing Home in Little River made the list with nine cases; the latest onset date was Jan. 28.

Other than those, the nearest clusters were in Hutchinson. The Hutchinson Correctional Facility had 20 cases in the last 14 days and the last onset date was Jan. 30. Hutchinson Community College had seven, the last on Jan. 24.


As of Wednesday morning, 6.8% of Kansans (198,350 people) have been vaccinated; 249,724 total doses have been administered, including 51,374 second doses. The number of doses distributed by the state for the week of Feb. 1 includes 400 for Barton County and 100 each for the surrounding counties: Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell and Stafford.

Case totals

KDHE reports there have been 278,915 COVID-19 cases as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in 8,578 hospitalizations and 2,895 statewide deaths. There were 2,247 new cases, 86 new deaths and 89 new hospitalizations reported since Monday, Feb. 1.

Here are KDHE’s total confirmed and probable cases, followed by the number of COVID-related deaths, for area counties:

• Barton 2,518 cases (+13 from Monday); 40 deaths

• Ellsworth 1,170 (+2); 18

• Pawnee 1,116 (+7); 11

• Rice 1,008 (+2); 5

• Rush 422 (+4); 11 (+1)

• Russell 801 (+2); 22

• Stafford 322 (unchanged); 9