12 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Twelve additional cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Leavenworth County.

The new cases were reported Friday in an update from the Leavenworth County Health Department. This was the Health Department’s first update since Wednesday afternoon.

The 12 new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as community cases.

To date, there have been 1,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County. That 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 336 community cases, 71 are considered active, according to the Health Department update.

Currently, there are three people from Leavenworth County who are in the hospital because of COVID-19. This number reflects one new hospitalization since Wednesday.

A total of 41 people from Leavenworth County have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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

Friday’s update from the Health Department included a breakdown of the number of community cases per age group.

The age group with the largest number of community cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County is 55-64. There have been 68 confirmed cases among people in this age group. Of those, 14 are still active.

The age group with the second highest number of community cases is 25-34. There have been 62 confirmed cases among people in this age group. And 14 of these cases remain active.

The update from the Leavenworth County Health Department can be found at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid

On Friday, officials with Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth announced that people at the hospital’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit have tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff members and patients who came into contact with the people who tested positive have been identified. Patients from the unit are being placed in quarantine for 14 days, according to a news release from Saint John Hospital.

Family members and friends of the people affected can contact the hospital at 913-680-6000 to be transferred to the director of the Senior Behavioral Health Unit.

Patients at Saint John’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit also were placed in quarantine in March after someone tested positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab sent a letter to provide county election officials guidance regarding mask requirements and elections.

“Our office has received many inquiries on the impact local mask ordinances will have on the 2020 elections,” Schwab wrote in the letter.

Schwab stated the Kansas Constitution only has three criteria for qualifying to vote in the state. They are age, citizenship and residence.

“If an individual is a properly registered voter, state law requires that they be allowed to cast a ballot," Schwab wrote in the letter. “No individual, who is otherwise qualified to vote, shall be turned away from a polling location in Kansas for wearing, or not wearing, a mask. Anyone who attempts to intimidate or prevent a voter from voting based on their use or non-use of a face mask is subject to litigation.”

The letter states the “Office of Secretary of State encourages all Kansans to be safe and follow the recommended safety protocols of health professionals. We ask that Kansans observe social distancing protocols while at polling locations.”

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