COVID-19 cases continue to decline

By Blake Spurney

NEWTON – The two-week percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 dipped again to 2.4 percent, Harvey County Health Department Lynnette Redington told the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning.

Redington said the county had six active cases, but half of them were hospitalized. She said 175 cases of COVID-19 variants had been reported to the state. More than 160 of those were of the United Kingdom variant, while the remainder were made up of variants traced to California, Brazil and South Africa.

Harvey County continues to lead the region with the highest percentage of vaccinated residents at 38 percent. Redington said Hesston Pharmacy had administered more vaccinations (6,139) than any other pharmacy in the state. The health department has given out more than 7,200 vaccines, and 20 spots were available for a clinic being held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Redington said no “breakthrough cases,” which are instances of people contracting COVID-19 after receiving a vaccination, had been reported in the county to date.

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