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New cases of COVID-19 drop
Zero to one case reported last week in 6 area counties

Most of the state had a low-to-moderate weekly cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 cases for the period of Jan. 14-20, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Wednesday.

Barton County and most of the counties surrounding it were among the 40 counties with a “moderate” weekly new case rate, defined as 10-49 cases per 100,000 people. Rush and Russell were among the 18 rural counties with a “low” rate, which is defined as fewer than 10 cases per 100,000. For each of the 18 counties, that translated to zero cases reported.

Edwards, Pawnee, Rice and Stafford counties each reported one case.

Barton County reported eight new cases and Ellsworth County reported three.

Elsewhere in Kansas, the new case rates were high (100 or more per 100,000 people) in 11 counties and substantial (50-99 per 100,000) in 36 counties.

These figures cover the period from Jan. 14-20, omitting the most recent five days as data is expected to be incomplete. They reflect an average of 251 new cases per day over the seven-day period.

KDHE also released a weekly overview and reported that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, there were 2,148 new cases and 41 new related deaths reported statewide since Wednesday, Jan. 18. To date, there have been 926,022 COVID-19 cases and 9,944 COVID-19 deaths in Kansas over the course of the pandemic.