The Emporia Gazette
Lyon County Public Health reported a nearly 300 case increase of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases to 601.
The county has recorded 500 new cases since Monday.
Public health officials also reported 176 recoveries and one new confirmed death. A total of 99 county residents have died since the start of the pandemic. Five additional deaths are still pending review at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There are eight current hospitalizations.
According to a comment on social media, public health officials say looking at active case numbers is not the best way to measure cases.
“We would like people to remember that Active Cases is not the most important metric we measure,” they said. “[Cases] are currently considered recovered after five days or their symptoms are better.”
Because recovery requirements have changed, officials said its not possible to fairly compare the current surge in cases to Nov. 2021, “when isolation periods were 14 days.”
“A more accurate metric is either Weekly New Positive cases, or Daily New Positive Cases,” they continued. “We have nearly double the amount of daily new positives as we did during the November 2020 wave. That only includes the cases reported to us. The majority of home tests are mostly likely not reported.”
Out of 601 active cases, 154 are considered to be breakthrough cases at this time. Out of the 154, 20 received Janssen, 64 received Moderna and 70 received Pfizer. There have been 835 collective breakthrough cases. 158 were Janssen, 410 were Moderna, 267 were Pfizer.