CDC places 4 Kansas counties at high COVID-19 community level, 19 others at medium level
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 2,148 new cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional deaths in the state for the week of Jan. 18-25.
Eleven counties in Kansas are said to have a high weekly new case rate, meaning they have more than or equal to 100 cases per 100,000 people. KDHE put Sedgwick County on a ‘substantial’ ratereporting 50 to 99 cases per 100,000.
Eighteen counties remain at the lowest, meaning they have had fewer than 10 cases per 100,000.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Sedgwick County has a low COVID-19 community level.
Across Kansas, four counties were at the highest on Thursday: Clay, Trego, Morton and Seward. This is an increase from last week when a county was at its highest.
In high counties, the CDC recommends masking in public and indoor places. In the medium term, those at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 should consider mask-wearing and other precautions.
Nineteen counties are now at an average level, up from 12 last week.
The CDC updates the metric every Thursday for U.S. counties and bases the assessment on the number of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people (seven-day totals) and the percentage of staffed hospital beds that are occupied. by COVID-positive patients (a seven-day average).
The CDC estimates the county has about 81 cases per 100,000 people.
As for the percentage of inpatient beds used by those with confirmed COVID-19, the CDC puts that metric at 1.3%.
Sedgwick County Health Department reports positive COVID test rate of 8.8% from Thursday. This is a jump of almost 2% in one week, with the rate of positive tests being 7.1% on January 20.
The positive test rate represents the 14-day average of positives recorded out of the total number administered and does not include home tests and those not reported to the county.
The highest number of positive tests reported in one day was 123 on January 24. There were 10 new positive cases reported on Thursday.
Protect against COVID-19
To protect yourself against the virus, wear a mask if necessary, avoid large gatherings if possible, wash your hands frequently and practice physical distancing.
If you start to develop symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tests positive for the virus, you can get tested at the local health department or take a home test, available at most grocery stores and pharmacies. .
If you contract the virus, the CDC says to quarantine yourself for at least five days after symptoms appear.