COVID numbers resurge in Mound City, fall in Pleasanton

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

PLEASANTON – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Linn County has dropped for a second week in a row. However a new report shows that a Pleasanton area resident has died from the virus in the last week, and one person is now on a ventilator.

The death of the person, who was in the 55- to 64-years-old age group, brings the total number of deaths of Linn County residents to 23, or about 1.4 percent of all people who have tested positive for the virus. That is according to the weekly report issued by the Linn County Health Department for the week ending Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Positive tests revealed that 47 new cases were discovered in the county during that week, down from 71 a week ago. However, with ongoing cases left over from the previous week, the department counted 79 active cases during that period compared to 102 a week earlier.

Pleasanton continued to have the most active cases with 33, but that was down from 50 last week. Mound City had 33 active cases, up from 10 a week ago. La Cygne, down from 22 a week ago, had seven active cases as did Centerville. Prescott had five, Blue Mound had four, Parker was at three and Linn Valley had two.

A large number of active cases continue to be children 17 and younger with a total of 28. The three school districts in the county continued to be considered active clusters.

Eighteen- to 34-year-olds accounted for 17 active cases, 23 cases were attributed to 35- to 64-year-olds and 10 cases were in the 65 and older age group.

Both people who were counted as being hospitalized with the virus were in intensive care units and one of those was on a ventilator.

The count of total positive cases in Linn County now stands at 1,635 since the pandemic began early last year. However in the past county health officials have warned that some of those infected with an early variant have been reinfected with the delta variant. They have also been careful to point out that it is likely that many people have contracted the disease and not been tested.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the number of county residents 12 and older who have received a complete vaccine series stands at 40.8 percent up 0.2 percent from last week. The number of residents 12 and over who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination is nearly 45.4 percent.

By contrast, 49.3 percent of all Kansans have received a full series of vaccinations.

Vaccinations are available from the health department in Pleasanton, all three Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) clinics and local pharmacies.

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