Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported in county

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

PLEASANTON – The number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to rise to new levels in Linn County. A report on cases dated Sept. 27 showed 87 new cases during a seven-day period. That is the largest increase in new cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The new cases increased the number of active cases to 104 as of the day of the report.

The report also showed that another person died of COVID-19 during that period, bringing total deaths attributable to the pandemic to 22. The person was in the 85-years-and-older group and was from the Mound City area.

Fifty four, or more than half the number of active cases, were children 17 and younger, and the three school districts in the county continued to be labeled as active clusters.

The Prairie View USD 362 weekly COVID-19 update on Friday, Oct. 1, listed 12 students with confirmed positive test, and 54 students in quarantine with 52 of those in modified quarantine that requires wearing a face mask and testing.

Fewer than five staff members had tested positive for COVID-19, and fewer than five staff members had been place on full or modified quarantine.

Pleasanton led the number of active cases with 35, followed by 26 in La Cygne. Eleven active cases were from the Mound City area while 10 were from Linn Valley. Prescott had nine active cases, with Parker and Blue Mound having five each and Centerville listing three.

According to the report, only one person was hospitalized during the report period. However, officials have warned that they might not have received information on everyone from Linn County who was in the hospital because of COVID-19.

Officials have also said that they are aware of individuals who have likely contracted the virus who have not submitted for testing. Currently the number of total positive tests in the county since the pandemic began is 1,520.

Officials have also said that some of those cases have been people who contracted the virus early in the pandemic and have recently been infected again with the delta variant.

The recent surge in active cases among children 17 and younger has boosted that age group’s percentage of active cases to 23.8 percent or nearly a quarter of all cases. Eighteen- to 34-year-olds account for 19 percent of all cases since the pandemic began, and 35- to 64-year-olds have been 41.8 percent of all cases.

Adults 65 and older have accounted for 15.4 percent of all cases, but more than 77 percent of all deaths.

According to recent Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) data, about 40.3 percent of Kansans 12 years and older have received a complete vaccine series – up slightly from last week. Nearly 44.8 percent of that same age group has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Statewide, 47.1 percent of all Kansans have received a complete vaccination series with 51.6 percent receiving one dose. Nearly 34,000 Kansans have received a third vaccination as a booster.

There have been more than 411,000 positive cases in the state since the pandemic began, with more than 13,900, or 3.3 percent of those cases requiring hospitalization and 6,068 or nearly 1.5 percent of those cases resulting in death.

As of Oct. 1, Linn County was listed as 94th out of 105 counties in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic based on vaccination rate, number of positive cases and number of tests administered. Anderson County was 79th, Bourbon County was 100th, and Miami County was 54th.

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