Brown County sees uptick in active COVID-19 cases

The number of active cases of the novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — remains low locally compared to previous months. However, Brown County has seen an uptick in active cases, while Nemaha County’s active cases have decreased over the past week. In Nemaha County, the number of active cases has decreased from 34 active cases to 22 active cases, while Brown County is reporting 55 active cases as of Monday, Jan. 4, which is up from the 39 reported last week.

Nemaha County Community Health Services announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, that one additional death has hit the county, which means that Nemaha County is sitting at 50 deaths total since the onset of the novel coronavirus — COVID-19. Brown County is reporting 29 deaths this week, which is up from 18 reported last week.

County Statistics

NCCHS updated COVID-19 numbers on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The number of positive cases has increased from 1,326 cases last week to 1,352 this week. There are zero patients hospitalized. According to NCCHS, 1,280 cases are considered recovered. NCCHS said the one new death in Nemaha County was in a person over the age of 65. No more information will be released on this individual.

According to the Brown County Health Department’s Facebook page, Brown County currently has had 976 positive cases as of Jan. 4, up from the 926 reported just one week ago. There are two patients currently hospitalized and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reporting that Brown County has had 2,412 negative tests.

Both Nemaha and Brown counties continue to have the two highest rates per capita of cases in northeast Kansas.

According to the KDHE, Nemaha County has a case rate of 132.4 cases per 1,000 and Brown County has a case rate of 1,110.6 cases per 1,000. Both counties are still higher than more urban counties like Johnson, Wyandotte and Shawnee, who are reported to have only 67, 96.9 and 68.8, respectively.

State, National Statistics

As of Monday, Jan. 4, there are 231,317 positive cases in Kansas, up from the 216,062 positive cases reported on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. While there are more than 231,000 positive cases throughout the state, 792,812 tests have come back negative.

KDHE also reports there have been a total of 6,955 hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the virus’ onset.

As for deaths in Kansas, there have been 2,897 related deaths, up from the 2,548 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.

To see detailed information on positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas, as well as types of active clusters, visit Currently, there are no active clusters in either Nemaha or Brown Counties.

Nationally, there are a total of 20,558,489 confirmed cases in the United States, as of Monday, Jan. 4. These positive cases have resulted in 350,664 COVID-related deaths.

Call ahead

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 frequently, please call for any restriction updates to any clinic or hospital in Nemaha or Brown Counties.

Stay Informed

Be sure to stay informed with reliable information at, 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.

People also should remain alert for states on the KDHE travel quarantine list as they make travel plans.

Currently, KDHE is asking Kansans to quarantine if they have traveled to certain areas. The length of quarantine time depends on whether or not the affected person has been tested. As this information is constantly changing, please see the KDHE website — — for updated mandates.

The CDC, along with KDHE, has released new shortened quarantine periods. Nemaha and Brown Counties have both accepted the shortened quarantines.

Heather Stewart199 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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