17 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

The Leavenworth County Health Department has reported 17 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The new cases were reported Friday afternoon. This was the Health Department’s first update since Wednesday afternoon.

All 17 of the new cases are what Health Department officials call community cases.

The Health Department also reported Friday that one Leavenworth County resident who had been hospitalized because of COVID-19 was recently released. Another county resident remains in the hospital because of the virus.

A total of 37 Leavenworth County residents have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Seven county residents, including four LCF inmates, have died because of COVID-19.

To date, 1,213 people in Leavenworth County have tested positive for the virus. That number includes 849 inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 297 community cases, 63 are considered active at this time. Nine of the LCF inmate cases are active.

Everyone who tested positive at the Grossman Center has recovered.

In addition to the 1,213 positive cases in the county, 7,038 county residents who were tested for the virus received negative results. That includes 392 negative results since Wednesday, according to the Health Department.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families confirmed Thursday that the agency has been managing a non-congregate housing facility in Leavenworth for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus.

DCF also operates similar sites in other cities across the state.

These shelters are established to prevent the spread of the virus and maintain operations within critical and essential businesses or services.

A request for non-congregate sheltering may be made to the state by a county emergency manager. In addition, the local or state health officer may make a recommendation for a non-congregate shelter if an identified need exists. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management in cooperation with counties, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Department for Children and Families contracts with local hotels to establish the sites. Contracts to date have been for entire hotel facilities with no other guests present.

According to a news release, medical privacy laws prevent DCF officials from revealing the exact location of the Leavenworth facility.

Not everyone at DCF’s non-congregate facilities have COVID-19. Some people may stay in these facilities because they potentially have been exposed to the virus and are concerned about exposing others if they return home.

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