Updated 5:57 p.m. April 6, 2020, with updated information from the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Leavenworth County has increased to 40, according to the local Health Department.
And the number of confirmed cases at the Lansing Correctional Facility also have been on the rise.
As of Monday afternoon, at least seven LCF employees have tested positive for the virus known as COVID-19, and three inmates also have tested positive.
That is according to a daily update from the Kansas Department of Corrections.
So far, the Lansing Correctional Facility is the only prison within the KDOC to have positive COVID-19 cases.
On Saturday, KDOC officials announced additional measures are being taken at LCF to help limit the spread of the disease.
Prison officials have reduced the movement of inmates so they will remain in their units, but they are not locked down in cells. Necessary movement to recreation or jobs will occur primarily in groups from the same unit. Staffing has been modified due to increased absences, according to a news release.
"The additional steps today illustrate our continued effort to follow all guidelines issued by public health officials," Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda said Saturday in a news release.
LCF currently has 1,906 inmates.
The KDOC’s daily update can be found at www.doc.ks.gov/kdoc-coronavirus-updates/kdoc-covid-19-status
On March 31, a federal public defender and representatives of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kansas Board of Indigents’ Defense Services and Midwest Innocence Project sent a letter to Gov. Laura Kelly asking her to enact measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to inmates in Kansas prisons and jails.
The letter made recommendations that included releasing medically fragile and older adults who are considered at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus, releasing people who have six months or fewer left to serve on their sentences and issuing an order calling on prosecutors and law enforcement officials to take every available measure to avoid adding to the population of prisons and jails.
Rebecca Witte, public information officer for KDOC, said Monday in an email that there currently are no plans to release anyone at LCF ahead of his scheduled release date. Witte stated that Gov. Laura Kelly and KDOC officials "are in the exploratory phase of examining potential options to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Kansas prisons."
In addition to the 40 confirmed cases in Leavenworth County, there are an additional 103 probable cases in the county, according to the Health Department.
This is based on people who have not been tested but reported symptoms to the Leavenworth County Health Department.
One person from Leavenworth County has died as a result of COVID-19.
The Health Department generates a daily update that includes a map of Leavenworth County that indicates the number of confirmed and probable cases reported in specific areas.
The city of Leavenworth continues to have the highest concentration of confirmed and probable cases, a total of 78.
The daily update can be found at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid
People who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 are asked to contact the Leavenworth County Health Department at 913-250-2000, option 3.