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Pawnee County COVID case totals remain unchanged from last week

LARNED — The Pawnee County Health Department (PCHD) reported no new county COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, March 30. The current county case total stands at 1,143 (one active case). 

Community case totals (excluding Larned State Hospital, individuals in long-term care and Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility) saw an increase of one from last week at 606. Three cases have been identified in the last two weeks and one case in the last seven days. 

No new deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the last six weeks. The current death total in Pawnee County is 13. The county remains at Level Green on the COVID risk assessment matrix. Level Green represents no to minimal risk of spreading COVID-19.

County Health Director Cheryl Hoberecht said roughly 1,500 doses of vaccine have been given by PCHD so far. “We’re now giving vaccine to anyone 18 and over that wants it,” said Hoberecht. “If you want to schedule your vaccine contact PCHD. If you had placed yourself on the list for vaccine but have not heard from PCHD, contact the office again.”

The health department has received Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine but so far no Pfizer vaccine according to Hoberecht. “Johnson and Johnson is 60% or more effective and is one dose,” she said. “Pfizer and Moderna are 90% or more effective and require two doses.” To schedule an appointment, contact PCHD at 620-285-6963.