29 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Twenty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Leavenworth County.

The cases were reported late Friday afternoon as part of an update released by the Leavenworth County Health Department.

Twenty-eight of the new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as community cases, and the other new case involves an inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The Leavenworth County Health Department also reported that two earlier county COVID-19 cases were reassigned to another county because it was determined the people involved do not live in Leavenworth County. This impacts the total number of confirmed cases that have been reported in Leavenworth County since the start of the pandemic.

To date, there have been 1,337 cases of COVID-19 in the county. This includes 850 cases involving inmates at LCF and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 420 community cases, 105 are considered active. There also is now one active case among the inmates at LCF, according to the Health Department update.

Three Leavenworth County residents currently are in the hospital as a result of COVID-19. A total of 43 county residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

Three Leavenworth agencies have been awarded federal funding to assist residents who have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown order.

Welcome Central, The Salvation Army in Leavenworth and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas have received federal funding through the city of Leavenworth’s Community Development Block Grant program. Welcome Central was awarded $25,000 in funding. The Salvation Army was awarded $23,242 and Catholic Charities was awarded $30,000, according to a news release from the city of Leavenworth.

The funding can be used to help low to moderate income families and individuals who live in the city of Leavenworth with rent, mortgage and utility payments.

Payments will be given directly to landlords, banks or utilities on behalf of the residents.

Residents interested in this program should contact one of the three agencies for assistance. The agencies will require photo identification.

Proof of how families or individuals were affected by COVID-19 also will be required. This may include a layoff notice, a letter from an employer, a paycheck stub showing a significant reduction in hours or a copy of a bill for which assistance is needed.

Welcome Central is located at 311 Kiowa St. Residents seeking assistance may walk in from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They also can call the agency at 913-702-8108 or send an email to communityofhope311@gmail.com

The Salvation Army is located at 600 Walnut St. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and services are offered on a walk-in basis only.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is located at 716 N 5th St. An appointment is required for those needing utility or rental financial assistance because of COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, call 913-651-8060. Masks are required for people visiting the office. To abide by social distancing protocols, only one family member will be allowed on site per case management appointment. For information about Catholic Charities’ documentation requirements, visit https://catholiccharitiesks.org/fsc-covid-19-details/

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