The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County has passed 100.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, there are 115 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county, according to the local Health Department.
Todd Farley, a member of the county’s COVID-19 response team, said it is anticipated that coronavirus cases will peak in Leavenworth County sometime between Sunday and April 29.
“So we’re on our way up there,” he said.
Of the 115 confirmed cases in the county, 94 are considered active. Twenty Leavenworth County residents who tested positive for the virus have recovered. One county resident has died as a result of COVID-19, according to a daily update from the Leavenworth County Health Department.
Eight people from Leavenworth County currently are hospitalized because of COVID-19.
Farley, who is a local fire chief, said he has seen people with COVID-19.
“They are absolutely sick,” he said. “They are miserable.”
In addition to the 115 confirmed cases, Health Department officials have identified 104 probable cases in the county based on people who have reported symptoms but have not been tested.
Confirmed cases at the Lansing Correctional Facility also continue to rise. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 36 employees of the state prison have tested positive for the coronavirus virus, and 29 inmates have tested positive for the virus, according to a Kansas Department of Corrections website.
With a number of employees having tested positive for COVID-19, prison officials are concerned about maintaining adequate staffing levels. And prison officials have made adjustments to address this concern, according to Rebecca Witte, public information officer for the Kansas Department of Corrections.
She said a plan to reduce the movement of inmates the was put into place earlier this month has made it possible for the prison to operate with fewer staff members present.
More than 100 inmates from the Wichita Work Release Facility were moved to LCF this past weekend for medical isolation and monitoring after one of them tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Witte, staff members of the Wichita Work Release Facility and the Winfield Correctional Facility have come to LCF to assist with the care of the additional inmates.
Earlier this week, it was announced medical personnel from the Kansas National Guard are providing assistance at LCF.
Witte said personnel from the KDOC’s central office have been reassigned to provide administrative support in Lansing, which frees up employees of LCF to work in the facility.
“All of these things will help, but with a growing number of staff testing positive, we are keeping a close eye on our staffing levels to ensure that we have the coverage we need and trying to come up with additional plans to help alleviate any overtime burden,” Witte said in an email.
Kansans remains under a statewide stay-at-home order. The statewide order was scheduled to end Sunday. But Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that she will be extending the order into early May.