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New cases of COVID-19 are down


Most of the state had a low to moderate weekly cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 cases for January 14-20, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Wednesday.

Barton County and most of the surrounding counties were among the 40 counties with a “moderate” weekly new case rate, defined as 10 to 49 cases per 100,000 people. Rush and Russell were among 18 rural counties with a “low” rate, defined as fewer than 10 cases per 100,000. For each of the 18 counties, this resulted in zero reported cases.

Edwards, Pawnee, Rice and Stafford counties each reported one case.

Barton County reported eight new cases and Ellsworth County reported three.

Elsewhere in Kansas, new case rates were high (100 or more per 100,000 people) in 11 counties and substantial (50-99 per 100,000) in 36 counties.

These figures cover the period from January 14 to 20, omitting the most recent five days as the data is expected to be incomplete. They reflect an average of 251 new cases per day over the seven-day period.

KDHE also released a weekly overview and reported that as of 9 am Wednesday, there were 2,148 new cases and 41 new related deaths reported statewide since Wednesday, January 18. To date, there have been 926,022 COVID-19 cases and 9,944 COVID-19 deaths in Kansas during the pandemic.

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