Seventy-three newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday in Leavenworth County. All but two of the cases involve inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility, according to the Leavenworth County Health Department.
This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County since the beginning of the outbreak to 602. Of those, 438 of the cases have involved LCF inmates.
Six of the Leavenworth County residents who have tested positive for the virus, including three LCF inmates, have died.
Sixty-five people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, five people from Leavenworth County who have tested positive for the virus were in the hospital, according to the Health Department.
This is the first week of phase one of Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to ease restrictions related to COVID-19.
A stay-at-home order has been lifted and many businesses have been allowed to reopen subject to restrictions.
The city of Leavenworth announced on its Facebook page that the Waggin’ Tails Dog Park will reopen at noon Wednesday.
Most of the city’s parks have remained open during the COVID-19 outbreak, but some areas have been off limits. The dog park has been closed for several weeks.
The dog park is located in the northeast corner of the VA Park, which is off of Limit Street and Home Place.
According to Steve Grant, director of the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department, both sections of the dog park, one for small dogs and the other for large dogs, will be open. There will be a limit of 10 people in each section at one time.
The park's watering stations will not be available.
After reopening today, the park will remain open during its regular hours, according to Grant.
The park is ordinarily open from sunrise to sunset, according to the city’s website.
The Leavenworth Farmers Market originally had been scheduled to open its 2020 season May 2. But the opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The organization announced it will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Haymarket Square, 649 Cherokee St.
The Farmers Market will be available for drive-through service only. Visitors will enter Haymarket Square through the south Seventh Street entrance and vehicles will be funneled around the property.
Vendors will be following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Leavenworth County Health Department recommendations, according to the message posted on Facebook.
Customers also are encouraged to wear protective attire such as face coverings. Customers also are encouraged to pre-order items from vendors or have exact change. The Facebook post recommends customers carry small bills with them.
Haymarket Square has been closed for events in recent weeks because of the COVID-19 crisis.
While the Farmers Market is being allowed to operate there, no other private events are being allowed at the city-owned venue at this time.
Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city of Leavenworth, said in an email that the Farmers Market is in a unique situation because it can be operated safely with social distancing in place.