The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Leavenworth County has reached 1,062, according to the local Health Department.
The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Thursday that 815 of the county’s confirmed cases involve inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility. And 67 of the county’s cases involve inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.
That leaves 180 of what Leavenworth County Health Department officials call community cases. Of those, 64 are considered active.
Seven people from Leavenworth County who tested positive for the virus have died. This includes four inmates from the Lansing Correctional Facility.
The Kansas Department of Corrections reported Thursday a total of 817 inmates at LCF have tested positive for the virus, which is slightly more than the number of inmate cases reported by the Leavenworth County Health Department.
According to KDOC, 737 of the inmates at LCF have recovered from COVID-19. Of the active cases among the LCF inmates, 58 are asymptomatic, which means the inmates have not shown signs of illness.
The KDOC also reported Thursday that 96 employees at LCF have tested positive for the coronavirus. So far, 49 of the employees have been able to return to work.
Two staff members at LCF have died from complications from COVID-19.
Those two employees, George Bernard Robare and Fella Adebiyi, were honored during a drive-through visitation service and candlelight vigil Thursday evening at the prison.
National cemeteries, at least those operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be open this Memorial Day weekend.
But Fort Leavenworth officials are recommending that people wanting to visit the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery this holiday weekend do so on Saturday or Sunday. Fort spokesman Jeff Wingo said no traffic will be allowed at the cemetery Monday morning.
That is because a ceremony will take place Monday at the cemetery. But the ceremony will be closed to the public because of restrictions related to COVID-19.
Accessing the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, which is located on the Army post, also may be difficult for people who do not have identification cards issued through the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a website for the VA’s National Cemetery Administration.