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The Emporia Gazette

The number of active cases rose to 152 Friday afternoon as Lyon County Public Health officials reported 46 new positives for COVID-19 and 24 recoveries.

Lyon County’s 23 and under population now makes up 40% of actives cases.

As of Friday, there were two active cases listed for infants under the age of 1, 19 active cases in children ages 1 - 11, 14 in children ages 12 - 17 and 27 active cases in the 18 - 23 demographic.

Four people are currently hospitalized.

On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its new COVID-19 county ranking system to “help county commissioners and local leaders stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.”

Lyon County was the 14th lowest-risk county in the state Wednesday.

In the first of thrice-weekly COVID-19 rankings, Chase County was ranked 67th, Coffey County 72nd, Greenwood County 42nd, Morris County seventh, Osage County 59th and Wabaunsee County 27th.

Counties are ranked in three different categories: vaccination rates, average number of COVID-19 cases and average number of COVID-19 tests given. Those rankings are used to create a composite score by which the counties are ranked.

Counties with a lower number ranking are lower-risk counties as compared to other counties in the state. However, the CDC still lists all Kansas counties — save for Rawlins, Wallace, Smith, Lincoln and Riley counties — as communities with high transmission rates.

Brown County is ranked No. 1 and Stevens County is No. 105.

More information, as well as the full rankings, can be found at

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