Nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases reported since early August

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Update to this story, Friday, Sept. 24 – Just a day after speaking to Shawn Thomas, superintendent of Jayhawk USD 346, he issued the following warning to parents in the Jayhawk District:

"Jayhawk Nation, unfortunately USD 346 is currently experiencing another surge of Covid 19 cases in our schools. We have several positive cases in our elementary building. Our awesome staff is dealing with the situation and we ask for your continued patience with us as we work hard to keep our students in class. Please help us by monitoring your students and keeping them at home if they are showing any of the symptoms associated with the virus. Please also remember that while masks are optional, they remain the best strategy to avoid a close exposure and quarantine."

PLEASANTON – The Linn County Health Department reported on Wednesday, Sept. 22, that it confirmed 67 new cases of COVID-19 in the county over the last seven days. It also recorded two new deaths from the disease, bringing the county’s death toll to 21.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Linn County to nearly 500 since the beginning of August. However, health officials have warned that not all people who are infected get the test, so the total likely is higher. More than 1,430 Linn County residents have tested positive since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

According to the report, the county has 96 active COVID-19 cases, with Pleasanton being the hotspot with 37 cases. La Cygne had 18 active cases, Mound City had 17, Parker and Prescott both had eight, Blue Mound registered four, and Centerville and Linn Valley had two each.

Of the active cases, three were in the hospital during the week.

Children 17 and younger accounted for about a third of the active cases at 34. Eighteen to 44-year-olds accounted for 28 active cases, another 28 patients were in the 45-to-64-years-old group, and six people 65 and older had active cases.

And while younger people had most of the cases, both deaths were of patients who were 75 to 84 years old. Mound City recorded one death, and Prescott the other.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) nearly 39.8 percent of Linn County residents 12 years old and older have taken a complete vaccine series. About 44.1 percent of county residents 12 and older have received at least one shot.

Both of those numbers are up slightly from last week. Statewide 46 percent of eligible Kansans have received a complete vaccine series, and 51.1 percent have had at least one shot.

According to the county report, all three school districts were listed as sources of clusters on the report.

In a weekly update of COVID-19 cases in the Prairie View USD 362 district on Friday, Sept. 17, 22 students were in quarantine with 10 students in modified, in-school quarantine with required masks and testing. The school also reported that fewer than five students had confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and fewer than five staff members were affected.

Shawn Thomas, superintendent of Jayhawk USD 346, said that while the district was still seeing COVID-19 affecting members of extended family groups, the district was definitely in much better shape than it was in August.

In an interview on Wednesday, Sept. 22, he said the junior-senior high school in Mound City had no active cases. However, a few students in Jayhawk Elementary School were in modified quarantine with required masks and testing.

“Right now our numbers are excellent,” he said.

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