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New COVID-19 cases reported this week
11.1% of Kansans are vaccinated

Assistant Barton County Administrator Donna Zimmerman released a COVID-19 update on Friday, showing 28 new cases since the last report on Tuesday, Feb. 16. There were 25 positive active cases, an increase of 14.

To date, Barton County has had 2,440 positive cases and has issued 6,922 quarantine or isolation orders. There were 48 active orders on Friday, compared to 15 last Tuesday.

The cases include 1,036 males and 1,404 females. Of the 28 newest cases, four reside in Ellinwood, 16 in Great Bend, two in Hoisington and six in rural Barton County.

The location and number of positive cases by residence, followed by the number of current active cases, follows:

• Albert 11 - 0

• Claflin 69 - 0

• Ellinwood 213 - 3

• Great Bend 1,484 - 13

• Hoisington 232 - 3

• Olmitz 12 - 0

• Pawnee Rock 15 - 0

• Rural Barton County 404 - 6

Great Bend USD 428

The Great Bend school district had no new cases to report since Feb. 6. As of Friday, the district has had 169 COVID-19 cases and all subjects have recovered. There were no active cases.


As of Friday morning, Kansas has had 290,832 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 9,071 hospitalizations and 4,614 statewide deaths. There were 2,115 new cases, 93 new deaths and 69 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows Barton County has had 2,558 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases to date. There have been 48 deaths related to COVID-19, an increase of one since Wednesday. There were no new deaths in other Golden Belt counties: Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell and Stafford.

As of Friday afternoon, 11.1% of Kansans – 324,635 people – have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 131,458 people have received a second dose.

According to the KDHE, Barton County distributed 500 first doses for the week of Feb. 15.