The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there have been 301,862 COVID-19 cases to date, resulting in 9,697 hospitalizations and 4,902 statewide deaths as of 9 a.m. Monday. There were 429 new cases, 11 new deaths and 18 new hospitalizations reported since Friday, March 26.
There were no new deaths in area counties over the weekend. Here are the totals to date, with any changes since Friday:
• Barton 2,597 cases (+2 from Friday), 48 deaths
• Ellsworth 1,215 (+1), 25
• Pawnee 1,143 (+1), 13
• Rice 1,063, 12
• Rush 431 (+3), 14
• Russell 853, 27
• Stafford 337, 9
KDHE reports 777,311 Kansans – 26.7% of the total population – have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccination as of Monday morning; 412,538 have received the second dose.
Barton County has received the Moderna COVIF-19 vaccine booster doses for individuals who received their first dose on or before March 7. The Moderna vaccine is also available for individuals who would like to receive their first dose.
The Barton County Health Department will conduct a drive-through clinic for both groups from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 31, at Brit Spaugh Park. Vehicles should enter the park off of Williams Street.
It is not required, however, to expedite vaccination, eligible persons may visit www.bartoncounty.org to download and complete the vaccine consent form found under the COVID-19 tab.
As of this week, all Kansas over the age of 16 are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. However, the Moderna-brand vaccine is recommended for age 18 and older.
As of 10 a.m. on March 22, the Barton County Health Department reported it had administered 6,732 cumulative doses of vaccine since the state’s immunization program started on Dec. 14, 2020. BCHD had 1,410 total doses in inventory at that time and was scheduled to offer a drive-through vaccination clinic that day.