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New COVID cluster locations continue to decline
No new area deaths reported
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The number of new COVID-19 cluster locations in Kansas continues to shrink, with only four locations listed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment this week.

Every Wednesday, KDHE reports the names of exposure locations with five or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset in the past 14 days.

The Shawnee County Jail and Topeka Correctional Facility, both in Topeka, had 15 and seven cases, respectively, in the last 14 days. Vintage Park long-term care facility in Wamego had eight cases and AGCO Corporation, an agricultural machinery company in Hesston, had six.

To date, Kansas has had 297,229 cases, resulting in 9,457 hospitalizations and 4,851 statewide deaths as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. There were 778 new cases, 35 new deaths and 56 new hospitalizations reported since Monday, March 8.

Area counties reported no new deaths due to COVID-19 this week. Here are the total positive and probable COVID-19 cases for area counties, followed by the number of deaths, to date:

• Barton 2,579 cases (+4 since Monday), 48 deaths

• Ellsworth 1,211 (+0), 25

• Pawnee 1,142 (+5), 14

• Rice 1,060 (-1), 12

• Rush 427 (+2), 14

• Russell 846 (+1), 27

• Stafford 333 (+1), 9

To date, Barton County has had 86 hospitalizations related to COVID-19, with 20 intensive care unit admissions and seven uses of mechanical ventilation. Sixty patient discharges have been reported to KDHE.

Pawnee County has had 45 hospitalizations, 10 ICU admissions, no one on mechanical ventilation and 31 discharged patients.