Number of new COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the county

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

PLEASANTON – The number of new COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high for the third week in a row, according to new numbers from the Linn County Health Department.

The new report released Wednesday, Sept. 15, showed that the number of new cases was 80, up from 74 on the department’s Sept. 8 report. The report also said there were 75 active cases in the county.

Tisha Coleman, administrator for the Linn County Health Department, said the reason the number of active cases was lower is because several people were tested at the end of the disease cycle when they were no longer consider contagious.

Twenty-four, or nearly a third of the active cases, were children 17 and younger. Nineteen active cases were in the 18- to 34-year-old bracket, and 26 were in the 35- to 64-year-old group. Six were patients 65 and older.

While no new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 during the week, the number of hospitalized patients increased to five with one of those being treated in an intensive care unit.

Pleasanton had 28 active cases, up from 23 the previous week. La Cygne had the second highest active cases with 17, down from 20 a week ago. Mound City had 11 active cases, down from 19 a week earlier.

Blue Mound had seven active cases, Parker had six, Prescott had 3, Linn Valley had two and Centerville counted a single case.

All three school districts in the county were reported as sources for an active cluster of cases.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that about 39.2 percent of Linn County residents 12 and older had received a completed vaccination series, including two of the Pfizer or Moderna or one of the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. That was up from 38.3 percent last week.

KDHE also reported that 43.8 percent of Linn County residents 12 or older had received at least one injection. The county still lags behind the statewide vaccination rate of 48.3 percent receiving a completed vaccination series.

The county continued to place near the bottom of KDHE’s Kansas County Ranking chart, coming in 99th out of 105 counties on its updated chart on Wednesday. Lower vaccination rates and more active cases per 1,000 residents has been keeping Linn County toward the bottom of the chart since KDHE began publishing it earlier this month.

Bourbon County was ranked 96th, Anderson County was 93rd, Allen County came in at 90th, Miami County was 41st and Franklin County was 21st. Greeley County out west on the Colorado state line was ranked No. 1 followed by Johnson County.

Linn County’s ranking earned it the designation of “highest risk” of transmission on KDHE’s map.

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