New COVID-19 cases here indicate the surge has not slowed

Updated: Feb 2

The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 in Linn County over a seven-day period ending Wednesday, Jan. 26 continues to demonstrate that the omicron surge is not abating. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported 155 new cases during that weeklong period.

The department also reported 57 new cases in Linn County from Monday, Jan. 24 to Wednesday, a two-day period.

Reports to the state agency come from county health departments, schools, medical clinics, pharmacies and other testing sites. The reports likely do not include all residents who have been tested with an in-home test kit and those who refuse to get tested.

During that same seven day period, the state recorded more than 49,000 new cases, just over 300 new hospitalizations and 543 new deaths.

While the total number of Linn County residents who have been hospitalized (66) or died from COVID-19 (23) reported by KDHE has remained static for weeks, those numbers have likely not been updated.

In the last report issued by the Linn County Health Department on Dec. 22, 29 residents had died as a result of COVID-19, and sources indicate that additional residents have died as well.

Also as of the final county report, 104 Linn County residents had been hospitalized since the pandemic began in early 2020. Of those 22 were treated in an intensive care unit and nine had been put on a ventilator.

The Linn County Commission ordered in late December that the staff that was preparing the weekly reports from the county and that any reporting of COVID-19 cases be done only by KDHE.

Linn County also remains low compared to the overall state figures on vaccination rate. The Federal Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and KDHE have approved vaccines for residents 5 years old and older.

According to KDHE data, 40.8 percent of all Linn County residents 5 years and older have received a complete vaccination series, which can be two injections or one depending on the vaccine. Forty-six percents of the residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Statewide, 52.4 percent of all Kansans have received a complete vaccination series.

KDHE continues to rate Linn County’s response to COVID-19 low: 104th out of 105 counties. The rating is based on the number of positive cases, the number of people vaccinated and the number of tests given

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