Positive COVID-19 cases increase to 261 in Kansas

A map showed the spread of positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas. (KDHE map)

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas increased to 261 on Saturday morning, and in Wyandotte County, to 53, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The numbers include five deaths in the state of Kansas, three of which were in Wyandotte County. Two deaths have been reported in Johnson County, which had 80 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, according to the KDHE website.

On Friday, KDHE reported 202 positive cases, showing an increase of 59 cases in one day. Fifty of the positive COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized since the start of this pandemic. The age range statewide is 7 to 95, with a median age of 53.

The Wyandotte County COVID-19 website is reporting 47 positive cases on Saturday, with an additional 38 possible self-reported cases. Twenty-three Wyandotte County patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the website report.

Gov. Laura Kelly earlier on Saturday announced a statewide “stay-at-home” order starting Monday and continuing through April 19. It will be similar to a “stay-at-home” order that started Tuesday in Wyandotte County and continues through April 23.

Private labs have tested 183 of the positive cases in Kansas, while the state’s Kansas Health and Environmental Lab has tested 78 of the cases. Total negative cases for Kansas are at 3,671. It is a positive test rate of 6.6 percent, which is higher than the earlier 4.5 percent test rate.

Other counties with five or more cases include Coffey, 5; Douglas (Lawrence area), 23; Franklin, 6; Leavenworth, 15; Reno, 5; Sedgwick (Wichita area), 33; and Shawnee (Topeka area), 7.

Also on Saturday, the KDHE added two states, Louisiana and Colorado, to the travel quarantine list. Anyone who has traveled there and is returning today, March 27, will need to quarantine for 14 days, according to KDHE. Previously only some counties in Colorado were included.

The quarantine list that was previously announced included anyone who traveled to California, Florida, New York and Washington state on or after March 15; anyone who traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23; anyone who traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15; and anyone who traveled internationally on or after March 15.

Those who had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case have been quarantined for 14 days.

The quarantines do not apply to public health, hospital and clinic workers and those who are in “critical infrastructure sectors.”

The Kansas COVID-19 website is at

The UG’s COVID-19 response website is at

COVID-19 information from the CDC is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

The KDHE list of positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas counties. (KDHE chart)
A graph on the Unified Government COVID-19 website showed the increase of positive cases here. (UG COVID-19 website)

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