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The number of COVID-19 cases in Barton County now at 57
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The 57th positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Barton County Wednesday. This was a male from the city of Great Bend, County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman said. 

Of the 57 cases, the number of active cases stands at seven. There have been two deaths attributed to the virus.

There have also been 609 quarantine/isolation orders issued. Of those, 73 are still active. 

The breakdown of gender is as follows:

• Male - 24 

• Female - 33 

The breakdown of residence is as follows:

• Claflin - 3

• Ellinwood - 7

• Great Bend - 42

• Rural Great Bend - 4

• Rural northeast corner of county - 1

The Barton County Health Department continues to identify close contacts of the individuals of each positive case, Zimmerman said. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. 

The BCHD will actively monitor the close contacts for 14 days for symptoms.  

“The public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and infection control,” she said.