COVID-19 update a mixed bag

Harvey County saw a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases this week, Kansas announced the more contagious Delta variant as the most common strain, and vaccination progress has slowed within the county.

By Adam Strunk

For the first time in the pandemic, cases are as low as they were a year prior.

That’s the good news.

The bad news, after nearly a month of no hospitalizations, now three out of the county’s nine active cases are hospitalized.

Those hospitalized include a woman in her 90s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 40s.

The woman in her 90s and the woman in her 40s were both fully vaccinated, marking the first hospitalizations of the fully vaccinated in the county. After weeks of no breakthrough cases, the county announced two for the week.

In total, eight out of the last 10 hospitalizations have involved those not fully vaccinated.

Seventy-six out of 81 or 94 percent of new COVID-19 cases reported by the county have come from those not fully vaccinated.

The county percent positive rate climbed to 4.35 percent. The county also officially tallied one more death, raising the total to 70.

On the vaccination end, Harvey County ranked fifth in Kansas with 54 percent of the population 12 and over having had at least one shot.

In total, 45.6 percent of the population has received a jab.

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