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New COVID-19 cases detected in Golden Belt area
Free tests available
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its weekly data update on Wednesday. As of 9 a.m., there were 2,866 new cases and 17 new deaths reported statewide since Wednesday, Oct. 5.

By county, KDHE released a weekly new case rate for Oct. 1-7, omitting the most recent five days because data is expected to be incomplete. Each county’s new case rate is ranked:

• High - 100 or more cases per 100,000 people

• Substantial - 50-99 cases per 100,000

• Moderate - 10-49 cases per 100,000

• Low - fewer than 10 cases per 100,000

Here are the data for area counties:

• Barton - 16 cases, substantial, 62.1 per 100,000

• Ellsworth - 20 cases, high, 327.8 per 100,000

• Pawnee - 5 cases, substantial, 78.0 per 100,000

• Rice - 7 cases, substantial, 73.4 per 100,000

• Rush - 1 case, low, 32.9 per 100,000

• Russell - 10 cases, high, 145.9 per 100,000

• Stafford - 8 cases, high, 192.5 per 100,000

Free COVID-19 tests now available for all Kansas communities

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available to households in all Kansas communities. This was made possible by KDHE, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation’s public charity, RF Catalytic Capital, and Project Access to Covid Tests (Project ACT). 

All Kansas households can now visit and enter their zip code to place an order for five at-home COVID-19 test kits. Amazon will deliver the test kits directly to your house.

Frequent testing is especially important for those with more exposure outside the home, such as kids in school or people who spend time in a group setting. 

Kansans who need more support in ordering may call 866-534-3463.

This opportunity is currently limited to one order per household. If you need additional testing, visit to find a free testing site in your community.