Lyon County returned to the “high” coronavirus zone Wednesday, with Greenwood County joining it.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s weekly report showed that Lyon counties had 50 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending Friday. This is a leap from 24 in the previous week, for an incidence rate of 150.6 per 100,000 residents.
Greenwood County reported six new cases, down from eight a week ago. Yet its incidence rate of 100.3 barely makes the “high” zone. Chase County had two new cases to show “substantial” prevalence.
The numbers reflect the reported cases. They may not include home COVID test results.
Only 11 Kansas counties had a high incidence rate of the coronavirus last week, the KDHE reported.
COVID-19 was implicated in four percent of all Lyon County emergency room visits last week, a separate graph showed. The rate was up from 2.8% the week before. The flu dropped from 6.1% to 3.1% of all visits.
A separate report showed that local vaccination rates against the virus have not changed in the past two weeks.
The KDHE reports that 68.7% of adults in Lyon County have completed a series of COVID-19 vaccinations, compared to 52.9% in Chase County.
But the Centers for Disease Control reported last week that just 11.9 percent of Lyon County residents received the updated coronavirus booster. This was higher than 11.5% in Chase County and 10.2% in Greenwood County.
The CDC numbers for the counties will be updated on Thursday.