Lyon County Public Health reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday afternoon, in its first report since Thursday.
Health officials also reported three new recoveries, bringing the county’s current active caseload to 27 — up five from last week. Lyon County has now recorded 510 cases of COVID-19 and has reported 475 recoveries and seven deaths.
There is currently one hospitalization listed for Lyon County patients.
Monday’s report comes after the state set another record for its worst two-week spike in reported novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Kansas has reported more than 4,400 additional coronavirus cases, an increase of more than 35 percent, in the last two weeks.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 982 more confirmed coronavirus cases since Friday, an increase of 6 percent that brought the total to 16,901. It also reported another three COVID-19-related deaths to bring the total for the pandemic to 280.
Gov. Laura Kelly, in an effort to combat the resurgence of new cases, issued a mandate for people to wear masks in public. Her order took effect Friday, however, the state’s 105 counties can opt out under state law.
Last week, Lyon County Commissioners opted to stay in the county’s current public health order, which expires Thursday. Commissioners will be working with health officials and other agencies on a new health order this week.
Both Chase and Greenwood counties opted to override the mandate and gave residents a choice on whether or not to wear masks. In all cases, private businesses can choose to mandate whether or not to require staff and customers to wear masks.
According to the Associated Press, Kansas reported an average of 317 new coronavirus cases a day over the last two weeks. That was nearly 15 percent higher than the 276 for the two weeks that ended Friday, previously the largest spike.