Cases spike locally
COVID-19 is still a hot topic locally and will probably stay that way for some time, especially with the rapid increase in positive cases in the last few weeks in Brown and Nemaha Counties.
According to a letter released by Nemaha County Health Officer Jane Sunderland, Nemaha County had a total of 19 cases in July and eight cases in August. However, the numbers increased significantly in September with 88 positive cases confirmed and October hasn’t been any better thus far. As of Monday, Oct. 12, 64 positive cases have been confirmed in Nemaha County.
“At the current incidence rate, we are projected to have 180 cases by the end of the month,” Sunderland said. “We need to get this virus under control in our county.”
Nemaha County Community Health Services updated COVID-19 numbers on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Therefore, the number of positive cases has increased from 169 cases last week to 215 this week, which includes 66 active cases. There are five patients currently hospitalized. There has been one death in Nemaha County, and 1,638 tests have come back negative. According to NCCHS, 148 cases are considered recovered.
According to the KDHE, Brown County currently has 176 positive cases as of Monday, Oct. 12, up from the 152 reported last week. There have been a total of 1,690 negative tests and six hospitalizations. Brown County also has had five deaths since the virus’ onset.
If you are sick, be sure to call your local healthcare provider before arriving to their facilities. According to a Facebook post made on Friday, Oct. 9, Sabetha Community Hospital is not allowing visitors into their facility, due to the increase of cases in the Sabetha community. Sabetha Family Practice also is asking patients to wear a mask to their appointments. With changes in restriction occurring daily, please call for any restriction updates to any clinic or hospital in Nemaha or Brown Counties.
According to a Thursday, Oct. 8, letter released by Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Superintendent Todd Evans, the district will be discontinuing notifications of positive cases through TextCaster.
“As the numbers have grown, this process has become obsolete,” Evans said. “Please be aware that the COVID-19 virus is very present in our communities at this time.”
Even with the increase in cases, the USD 113 Gating Committee – which meets every two weeks or as necessary – recommends to continue having school on site. This was discussed at the school board meeting on Monday, Oct. 12, in Axtell.
State, National Statistics
As of Monday, Oct. 12, there are 67,862 positive cases in Kansas, up from the 62,708 positive cases reported on Monday, Oct. 5. While there are nearly 68,000 positive cases throughout the state, 504,219 tests have come back negative.
KDHE also reports there have been a total of 3,239 hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the virus’ onset. As for deaths in Kansas, there have been 771 related deaths, up from the 706 related deaths reported just one week ago.
KDHE is not currently reporting the number of active COVID-19 cases in Kansas. However, some counties in Kansas are reporting these numbers on their County Health Department websites or Facebook pages.
However, KDHE is currently reporting active clusters of COVID-19. According to KDHE, as of Wednesday, Oct. 7, there are currently 225 active clusters, which have resulted in 7,161 cases.
To see detailed information on positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas, as well as types of active clusters, visit www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov.
Nationally, there are a total of 7,740,934 confirmed cases in the United States, as of Monday, Oct. 12. These positive cases have resulted in 214,108 related deaths.
Be sure to stay informed with reliable information at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus, www.cdc.gov/COVID19 or check out the NCCHS or Brown County Health Department Facebook pages for regular updates. Also, feel free to call NCCHS at 785-284-2152 for more information.
Sunderland said as people make travel plans, they should remain alert for states on the KDHE travel quarantine list.
Currently, KDHE is mandating a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have traveled to certain areas. As this information is constantly changing, please see the KDHE website — https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/225/How-to-protect-yourself-and-others — for updated mandates.