The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise in Leavenworth County.


As of press time, the Leavenworth County Health Department had not released a daily update about the number of confirmed cases in the county. But the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there were 59 confirmed cases in Leavenworth County.


The number of COVID-19 cases at the Lansing Correctional Facility also continued to rise Wednesday. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 employees at the state prison have tested positive for the virus. And 12 inmates are confirmed to have the disease, according to a Kansas Department of Corrections website.


The Lansing Correctional Facility is the only prison operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections that has confirmed cases of COVID-19.


People who visit retail and medical facilities on Fort Leavenworth are now required to wear cloth face coverings as part of the fort’s response to the coronavirus, according to the fort’s garrison commander.


In a letter to the Fort Leavenworth community, the garrison commander, Col. Harry D. Hung, stated people in general are strongly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public settings based on Department of Defense guidance. But people are required to wear face coverings around their noses and mouths at places such as the Exchange, Commissary, Express and Munson Health Center.


“You may either purchase or make your own face coverings,” Hung stated in the letter, which was written Tuesday. “Face coverings should not be used on children younger than 2 years of age. To be clear, this is not a substitute for social distancing. This is a measure to further enhance your protection.”


This requirement extends to visitors who come from outside of the Army post, according to Jeff Wingo, public affairs officer for the garrison.


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