14 additional COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

The Leavenworth County Health Department has reported 14 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The newly confirmed cases were reported in an update released Wednesday afternoon. This was the Health Department’s first update since Monday.

All 14 of the new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as community cases.

The Health Department also reported that an additional person from Leavenworth County is now in the hospital because of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of current Leavenworth County hospitalizations to two. To date, a total of 40 people from the county have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.

The Health Department also reported that an earlier COVID-19 case has been transferred from the county to another area. And this change impacts the overall total number of cases in Leavenworth County.

To date, there have been a total of 1,240 cases in Leavenworth County. This number includes 849 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 325 community cases, 78 are considered active at this time. There are no active cases at LCF or the Grossman Center, according to the Health Department update.

Seven Leavenworth County residents, including four LCF inmates, have died as a result of COVID-19.

In addition to the 1,240 confirmed cases, 7,605 people who have been tested in the county have received negative results. This includes 343 negative results since Monday.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that she intends to sign an executive order next week that will delay the start of the school year across the state until after Labor Day.

“I can’t in good conscience open schools when cases in our state are at an all-time high and continuing to rapidly rise,” Kelly said in a news release.

Kelly also plans to issue an executive order that will require school districts to adopt many recommendations included in guidance released by the Kansas State Department of Education. These requirements will include masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and daily temperature checks, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

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