The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County has reached 885. But most of those cases involve inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility, according to an update released Thursday by the Leavenworth County Health Department.
The Health Department reported 716 LCF inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus. There have been 169 cases confirmed among people who live elsewhere in the county.
The number of confirmed cases among LCF inmates has seen a sharp increase since Kansas Department of Corrections officials announced last week that all inmates at the prison are being tested for the virus.
The KDOC reported only 673 inmate cases at LCF on Thursday.
Todd Farley, a member of the county’s COVID-19 response team, has blamed discrepancies between figures released by the Health Department and numbers from KDOC on a difference in timing in terms of when the agencies receive updated results.
At least 581 of the LCF inmates who tested positive for the coronavirus have been asymptomatic, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
This means they have not shown signs of illness even though they tested positive for the virus.
Sixty-two of the inmates at LCF who have tested positive for the virus have recovered.
The KDOC also reported Thursday that 88 employees at LCF have tested positive for the virus. Of those, 47 have been able to return to work.
With the spike in the number of confirmed inmate cases, Leavenworth County is third in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases among the state’s 105 counties. Wyandotte County has the most confirmed cases, 942, and Ford County has the second largest number of confirmed cases, 930, according to numbers released Thursday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
A total of six residents of Leavenworth County who tested positive for COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the outbreak. That number includes three inmates from LCF, according to the Leavenworth County Health Department.
Four people from Leavenworth County who have tested positive for COVID-19 are in the hospital. A total of 29 Leavenworth County residents who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.