The number of total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County has increased to 154, according to the local Health Department.

Of those, 118 are considered active cases. Thirty-three people in Leavenworth County who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered from the disease. Three people from the county have died as a result of the disease.

Two people from Leavenworth County are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19. A total of 21 people from the county have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, according to information from the Leavenworth County Health Department.

The daily update released Thursday by the Leavenworth County Health Department reported an additional four cases of COVID-19 in the county.

It appears the four additional cases reported Thursday involve inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility, based on information that has been released by the Health Department.

As of Thursday afternoon, 50 inmates at LCF have tested positive for the coronavirus. Of those, 19 already have recovered, according to a Kansas Department of Corrections website.

Sixty-two employees at LCF have tested positive for the virus. Five of the employees have been able to return to work.

A lawsuit was filed earlier this month on behalf of a group of inmates at LCF and other state prisons. In their lawsuit, the inmates argue conditions at state prisons put them at risk for COVID-19 and violate their constitutional rights regarding cruel and unusual punishment.

The case was filed with the Kansas Supreme Court. But the case has been transferred to Leavenworth County District Court.

Earlier this week, District Judge David King authorized the issuance of what is known as a writ of habeas corpus, which likely will result in a hearing in the case, according to court documents.

King also ruled that responses filed by attorneys for the state when the case was before the Kansas Supreme Court will be considered at the District Court level. The judge set a Friday deadline for filing alternative or supplemental responses.

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