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Saturday vaccinations still a go
Nearly 10% of Kansans vaccinated
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Cold weather won't stop the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled to take place Saturday at the Expo III building west of Great Bend, Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock said.

The drive-through clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone who received a first COVID-19 vaccination prior to Jan. 15. Then,  a clinic with 400 doses will open at 2 p.m. This is the first of two doses for people 65 years of age or older and for high-contact critical workers as outlined in Phase 2 of the governor's plan. (Phase 2 also includes people in congregate settings, such as prisons.)

Clinics will be first-come, first-served. Learn more and download a vaccine consent form (to expedite your vaccination) at under the COVID-18 tab.

More than 10% of Kansans will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming days, if trends from this week continue. As of Friday, 273,428 people had received their first dose of vaccine, and another 91,752 people had received a second dose, meaning 9.4% of Kansans were vaccinated.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 286,102 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, resulting in 8,887 hospitalizations and 4,364 statewide deaths. There were 1,208 new cases, 61 new deaths and 47 new hospitalizations reported since Wednesday, Feb. 12.

There was one new death reported in Russell County on Friday; the death total for all other area counties was unchanged from Wednesday. Here are the totals for positive and probable COVID-19 cases for area counties, followed by the number of COVID-related deaths, as of Friday:

• Barton 2,542 cases (+1 from Wednesday); 46 deaths 

• Ellsworth 1,199 (no change); 20

• Pawnee 1,129 (+1); 13

• Rice 1,030 (+4); 10

• Rush 424 (+1); 11

• Russell 820 (+1); 26

• Stafford 329 (+1); 9

KDHE statistics also show that Barton County has had 83 total hospitalizations related to COVID-19 with 58 discharged patients. The data only includes cases with available discharge information reported to KDHE. There have been 19 intensive care unit admissions and seven patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

The statistics for Pawnee County are 42 total hospitalizations with nine ICU admissions, no mechanical ventilation cases and 29 discharged patients.