The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County has increased to 1,067, according to the local Health Department.


This number includes 815 cases involving Lansing Correctional Facility inmates and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.


The Kansas Department of Corrections has reported a slightly higher number, 817, of inmate cases at LCF.


The Leavenworth County Health Department’s daily COVID-19 update can be found at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid


The Leavenworth County Health Department no longer provides daily updates on weekends. And because of the Memorial Day holiday, the next COVID-19 update from the Health Department will be released Tuesday.


Friday marked the first day of Phase 2 of Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan for gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and mass gatherings.


During Phase 2, mass gatherings are restricted to 15 or fewer people.


More information about Phase 2 and the entire plan can be found at covid.ks.gov


Kelly has ordered flags throughout the state to fly at half-staff until sunset Sunday to honor the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is similar to one issued by President Donald Trump for flags to fly at half-staff at federal buildings.


The governor also has ordered flags in Kansas to fly at half-staff from sunrise to noon Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Trump has issued a similar order for flags at federal buildings on Monday to honor members of the military who died while serving their country.


National cemeteries operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be open this Memorial Day weekend. This includes the Leavenworth National Cemetery and Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.


However, due to COVID-19 protection measures, people must have a federal identification card to visit Fort Leavenworth and the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery or be accompanied by someone with a federal ID card, according to fort spokesman George Marcec.


Fort Leavenworth officials also are encouraging people to visit Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery on Saturday or Sunday. That is because no traffic will be allowed in the area of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday morning. The traffic restrictions are due to a ceremony that will take place at the cemetery the morning of Memorial Day. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will not be open to the public.


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