Number of new COVID cases continues to fall

Updated: Mar 10

New COVID-19 cases across Linn County and the state continued their decline this week, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. (Linn County Journal graphic)

TOPEKA – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Linn County continued to decrease over the past seven days. A report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported 38 new cases between Feb. 9 and Feb. 16.

That number was down from 61 new cases from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9 and 68 new cases the week before that. The number of residents who have been hospitalized remains at 71, with only one new case of hospitalization in February. The total number of deaths of Linn County residents attributed to COVID-19 by KDHE remains at 24, unchanged since January.

The decrease in new cases mirrors the trend across the state. New cases across the state was 7,624 in the seven days ending Feb. 16. That was down from 13,352 the previous week.

The number of new positive cases in Bourbon County also showed a decrease from 79 during the seven days ending Feb. 9 and 48 cases from Feb. 9 to Feb. 16. Miami County showed an increase in new cases during those same reporting periods: 177 new cases for Feb. 9 to Feb. 16, up from 136 for the previous week. New cases in Anderson County were in the mid-20s both weeks.

KDHE figures do not include residents who used at-home test kits and those who might have had symptoms but chose not to get tested.

There were 70 deaths attributed to COVID across the state for the seven days ending Feb. 16, down from 243 deaths the week before. More than 7,900 Kansans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020, and more than 19,000 have been hospitalized.

The percentage of Linn County residents receiving a complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations also remains essentially unchanged over the past few weeks. Although KDHE now counts all eligible residents 5 years and older, the percentage of county residents receiving vaccines is about 41.5 percent.

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