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No area COVID-19 clusters reported
Coronavirus breaking news

There were no COVID-19 cluster locations reported for the Golden Belt when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its weekly report on Wednesday.

This week, there was one group living home, located in Wichita, and 12 long-term care facilities in various locations on the list.

These were not the only active clusters in the state, but KDHE only lists locations that have had 14 or more COVID-19 cases with symptom onset in the last 14 days.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Kansas has had 764,329 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 19,298 hospitalizations and 7,930 statewide deaths. There were 1,161 new cases, 81 new hospitalizations and 13 new deaths reported since Monday.

Area cases

Here are the area case totals as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with any change since Monday, as reported by KDHE:

• Barton 6,455 (+8) 

• Ellsworth 2,017 (+4)

• Pawnee 2,110 (+4)

• Rice 2,571 (+1)

• Rush 807 (+1)

• Russell 1,866 (+1)

• Stafford 1,128 (+2)

Area deaths

Here are the COVID-related death totals for area counties as of 9 a.m. Monday. There have been no new deaths reported since Feb. 16.

• Barton 86 

• Ellsworth 31

• Pawnee 23

• Rice 22 

• Rush 18

• Russell 36 

• Stafford 26


The Great Bend Tribune also reports on COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Barton, Pawnee and Stafford counties. These did not change.

• As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Barton County has reported 173 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, including 32 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions to date, and 114 discharged patients reported to KDHE. These numbers were unchanged from Feb. 16. The median age for patients admitted in February is 72.

• Pawnee County has reported 76 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 50 discharged patients to date. These numbers were unchanged from Feb. 16. The median age for patients admitted in February is 62.

• Stafford County has reported 36 hospital admissions, 15 ICU admissions and 23 discharged patients to date. These numbers have not changed since Jan. 5.


On Monday, Great Bend USD 428 reported four active cases in its schools. The district does not specify if cases are among students or staff. KDHE on Wednesday reported there were five “presumed” student cases in USD 428, three in Fort Larned USD 495 and five in Stafford USD 349.

The vaccination rate among school-aged children (5-17 years) in those districts was 16.8% in Great Bend, 18.1% in Larned and 10.1% in Stafford.

As of Wednesday, 61.8% of Kansans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 53.5% have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

The rate of people age 5 years and older who are fully vaccinated is 49.03% in Barton County, 55.74% in Pawnee County and 49.34% in Stafford County.