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COVID-19 case rates changing

Some area counties saw a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 cases, according to figures updated Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Statewide, as of 9 a.m. on Jan. 11, there were 2,339 new cases and 81 new related deaths reported since Jan. 4.

The weekly case rate is for the period from Dec. 31, 2022, to Jan. 6. The last five days are not included because data may be incomplete. This report showed Rush, Russell and Stafford counties had a high new case rate, defined as 100 or more cases per 100,000 people.

Barton, Pawnee and Rice had a substantial new case rate, defined as 50-99 new cases per 100,000 people.

The rate for Ellsworth County dropped to “moderate,” with its one new case putting it in the range of 10-49 per 100,000 people.

Here are the number of new cases, followed by the number per 100,000 people, for area counties:

• Barton 17 - 65.9

• Ellsworth 1 - 16.4

• Pawnee 6 - 93.5

• Rice 6 - 62.9

• Rush 12 - 395.3

• Russell 11 - 160.4

• Stafford 6 - 144.4