The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County rose again Thursday.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there were 61 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The Leavenworth County Health Department typically releases its own daily update each afternoon. But as of press time, a Thursday update had not yet been released from the county.
Health Department officials reported on Facebook that an issue with accessing a state system was delaying the release of the county report.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees at the Lansing Correctional Facility also increased Thursday. As of 4:45 p.m. Thursday, a total of 14 LCF employees have tested positive for the virus, according to the Kansas Department Corrections.
Twelve inmates at the state prison also have tested positive for the coronavirus.
LCF remains the only prison operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Todd Farley, a member of an incident management team for the county’s COVID-19 response, said it is a mistake to make comparisons between the coronavirus and the flu.
“This is a totally different disease and it is manifesting itself differently,” he said.
He said health officials continue to learn new things about COVID-19.