25 new cases reported in the county
Twenty-five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Leavenworth County.
The new cases were reported Wednesday afternoon in an update released by the Leavenworth County Health Department.
This was the first update from the Health Department since Monday. The department releases updates on COVID-19 cases three times each week.
The 25 new cases are what Leavenworth County Health Department officials refer to as community cases.
To date, there have been 1,310 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Leavenworth County. That number includes 849 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth County.
Of the remaining 394 community cases, 97 are considered active at this time, according to the update from the Health Department.
One Leavenworth County resident currently is in the hospital due to COVID-19. A total of 41 county residents, including 11 inmates, have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Seven Leavenworth County residents, including four LCF inmates, have died because of COVID-19.
In addition to the 1,310 positive cases in Leavenworth County, there have been 8,423 county residents who have received negative results, according to the update from the Health Department.
Also Wednesday, the Kansas State Board of Education failed to approve an executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly that would have delayed the reopening of schools across the state until after Labor Day.
A new state law requires that such an order be affirmed by the state school board before going into effect.
The 10-member state board ended up with a tie vote, 5-5, on the issue.
“The cases of COVID-19 in Kansas are at an all-time high and continue to rise,” Kelly said in a statement released after the board’s vote. “Our decisions must be informed by public health experts not politics. This vote puts our students, faculty, their families and our economy at risk.”