Editor’s note: This story has been updated to note that KDHE determined Newman Regional Health is not a cluster site. The hospital will be removed from the state’s COVID database.
Lyon County’s active case count jumped to 404, Thursday, after public health officials took one day off from reporting for Veterans Day.
The new active case load includes 137 new positives and six new recoveries.
Overall, 1,707 cases have been reported in Lyon County since March, along with 1,261 recoveries and 41 deaths. One death certificate is pending review at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Four patients are currently hospitalized.
Eight clusters accounting for 76 active cases are currently being reported across colleges and universities, schools, gatherings, long-term care, and health care facilities.
The Flint Hills Community Health Center was identified as a COVID hot spot Nov. 3 after five employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The health center is currently listed on KDHE’s active cluster database.
KDHE also reported Newman Regional Health as a cluster site with eight active cases, however, representatives from the hospital told The Emporia Gazette they were seeking more information about why that classification had been made.
Hospital representatives said there were “no transmissions” occurring within the confines of their health care facility.
Upon investigation, KDHE determined the hospital was not a cluster site. While the hospital does have COVID-positive employees, the transmissions did not occur in the work environment, but rather due to family or social gatherings outside of work.
A third Lyon County institution — Emporia State University — is also listed on the database.
Kansas had a record daily average of 2,430 new confirmed and probable cases during the seven days that ended Wednesday, according state Department of Health and Environment data. The state also averaged a record 38 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations per day during that period, along with 18 new deaths a day.
Kansas has had more than 109,000 coronavirus cases, 4,200 hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths since the pandemic reached the state in early March, according to the health department.
State health officials blame the big surge in coronavirus cases on people being lax about wearing masks in public and still attending gatherings, including private family ones, such as birthday parties, baby showers and even informal get-togethers. They’re worried that the state will see an even larger spike in cases after Thanksgiving.