Library closes because of possible COVID-19 exposure

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Updated 5:16 p.m. Aug. 17, 2020, with additional information about local COVID-19 cases.

The Leavenworth Public Library will be closed through the rest of August because of a possible COVID-19 exposure, according to a news release from the library.

The news release did not provide details about when the exposure may have occurred. As of Sunday afternoon, the incident had not resulted in a positive test for the virus. But the library is being closed as a precaution, according to the news release.

Book drops will remain open while the library is closed. People wishing to contact the library during this period are asked to send an email to or leave a message at 913-682-5666.

E-books, audiobooks, streaming media and digital resources are available online under the Digital Content menu on the library’s website,

The delivery of reserved items from other libraries has been suspended until Aug. 31, according to the Leavenworth Public Library’s website.

On Monday, the Leavenworth County Health Department reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. This was the Health Department’s first update about COVID-19 cases since Friday afternoon.

All of the 26 new cases are what Health Department officials call community cases.

To date, there have been 1,545 confirmed cases of the virus in Leavenworth County. That number includes 851 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 627 community cases, 89 are considered active. There also is one active case involving an LCF inmate.

As of Monday afternoon, no one from Leavenworth County was in the hospital because of COVID-19.

A total of 49 Leavenworth County residents have been hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Nine Leavenworth County residents, including four LCF inmates, have died from complications from COVID-19.

In addition to the 1,545 confirmed cases, there have been 11,000 negative test results in Leavenworth County. That includes 397 negative results reported since Monday.

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