The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County has increased to 26.


That is according to a daily update released Wednesday afternoon by the Leavenworth County Health Department.


In addition to the 26 cases that have been confirmed through testing, Health Department officials believe there are an additional 99 likely cases of virus in the county based on people who have reported having symptoms of the disease.


According to the Health Department, four people in the county have been hospitalized as a result of the coronavirus.


The Health Department also reports that two people in the county who tested positive for COVID-19 already have recovered.


There have been no COVID-19-related deaths in Leavenworth County.


The daily update from the Health Department can be found on the Leavenworth County website at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid


The update includes a map of Leavenworth County indicating general areas where confirmed and probable cases have been reported.


Leavenworth County Health Department officials continue to ask people with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-report their cases by calling 913-250-2000, option 3.


Officials with the Kansas Department of Corrections announced late Tuesday that three employees at the Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.


The staff members are a man over the age of 20 and two women over the age of 40, according to a news release from KDOC.


Officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced in a news release that they are conducting a joint medical investigation of the cases at LCF with the Leavenworth County Health Department.


KDHE personnel have been working to identify other staff members and inmates who may have come into close contact with the employees who tested positive for the disease.


Inmates who have had close contact with the staff members have been moved to medical isolation where they will be monitored for symptoms, according to the KDOC.


These are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a KDOC facility.


"With a virus that moves and changes as quickly as the coronavirus we anticipated that this day may come," KDOC Secretary Jeff Zmuda said in the news release. "With the support and guidance of KDHE and Gov. Kelly, and the hard work of our staff members, we are ready to care for our residents and those we serve in the community."


The Lansing Correctional Facility currently has 1,906 inmates.


Rebecca Witte, public information officer for KDOC, said in an email Wednesday afternoon that Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines are being followed in regards to testing of people at LCF.


Witte said no inmates had shown symptoms to merit testing. Witte said she was not aware of any additional staff members being tested for COVID-19.


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