Updated: Feb 11
The number of new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period continues to go down. The number in the far left column uses the final numbers from county reporting system on Dec. 22 and the KDHE report on Jan. 5, a 14-day period That period also marked the time that the delta surge was tapering off and the omicron surge was beginning. (Source: KDHE)
The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Linn County is on the decrease, according to a report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) on Wednesday, Feb. 2. While there were 21 new cases reported over the last two days – from Monday to Wednesday – that number is significantly lower than earlier in January when the agency was reporting an average of more than 30 new cases a day over a seven-day span.
Between Wednesday, Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, there were 68 new cases reported in the county, just under an average of 10 new cases per day. Nearly 2,700 positive cases have been reported in the county since the pandemic began in early 2021.
While there is concern that the numbers reported by KDHE do not include those who test with at-home kits and individuals who choose not to get tested, the dip in new positive cases is welcomed by health care workers.
Missy Lancaster, the administrator for the Linn County Health Department, reported the reduction in cases to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, saying the report was a positive step.
KDHE did report that during the past week, another county resident died of COVID-19 and that four more residents were hospitalized because of it. According to KDHE records, 70 Linn County residents have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 and at least 24 residents have died from the virus. Nearly 7,600 Kansans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
KDHE reported that Miami County had 273 new positive cases from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, Bourbon County had 145 new cases and Anderson County had 67.
Across the state, nearly 29,800 new cases were reported over the last seven days. During that same period 189 Kansans have died from COVID-19 and 282 new patients have been admitted to hospitals across the state.
Just under 41 percent of Linn County residents age 5 and older have received a completed vaccination series. Slightly more than 45 percent of eligible Miami County residents, more than 46 percent of Anderson County residents and under 40 percent of Bourbon County residents have been vaccinated. Statewide, nearly 53 percent of Kansans 5 and older have received a complete vaccination series.