Two additional COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
jrichmeier@leavenworthtimes.com
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Two more cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday in Leavenworth County, according to an update from the local Health Department.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,111. This number includes 836 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the 208 cases that are classified by the Leavenworth County Health Department as community cases, 16 are considered active. Eight of the cases involving LCF inmates are active. All of the people who tested positive at the Grossman Center have recovered.

The American Red Cross announced Monday that it is, for a limited time, testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

The testing will indicate if an individual blood donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether the person developed symptoms. Blood donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org

“As an organization dedicated to helping others, the Red Cross is pleased to provide more information about COVID-19 to our valued donors,” Dr. Erin Goodhue, executive medical director of direct patient care with the Red Cross Biomedical Services, said in a news release.

Red Cross officials are encouraging people to donate blood to prevent a shortage this summer.

People can schedule appointments to donate blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it was reopening its Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance programs to all eligible businesses and nonprofit programs experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers long-term, low-interest assistance for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. These loans can provide support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue, according to a news release from SBA.

Assistance from the program can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. The EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

“With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and nonprofits will be able to receive these long-term, low-interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza said in a news release.

More information can be found at the SBA’s assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster

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