CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County hospitalizations hold steady as overall cases climb, active cases dip

CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County hospitalizations hold steady as overall cases climb, active cases dip Lyon County Public Health graphic

Lyon County health officials are watching several trends with local COVID-19 metrics as we start the week.

The overall caseload climbed slightly Friday from 640 to 644, while the number of active cases dipped from 71 to 64. Hospitalizations, which were at two July 25, had climbed to 10 by this past Tuesday and stayed at that level the rest of last week. The number of deaths is at 11 after three people died due to coronavirus last week.

For clusters, Lyon County Public Health has revived a meatpacking cluster with 197 total cases. Two cases are currently active. Four people have died. It is also re-listing the cluster at the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center, announcing nine total cases and two active cases. Further details on the jail cluster are pending. There are three private industry clusters with 143 total cases, eight active cases and one death. Public Health has not announced those locations. Two long-term care clusters remain at Holiday Resort and Flint Hills Care and Rehab as confirmed separately by both facilities with 64 total cases, 33 active cases and four deaths. Public Health is not listing the sports practices and games cluster at this time.

Given the recent jump in hospitalizations and a possible increase as well this fall and winter, Newman Regional Health is reopening its drive-thru testing and respiratory clinic Monday. Testing will be available by appointment and people need a referral to get a test. Appointments will be weekdays from 8 am to noon and 1-6 pm at the hospital's old emergency room entrance.

Neighboring counties also reported new COVID-19 activity from Friday through the weekend.

*Chase County announced two new cases over the weekend. Chase County now has eight cases, three of which are active.
*Coffey County's last report was Friday with one new case and one new recovery. Coffey County has 65 total cases, five of which are active.
*Greenwood County is up to 19 total cases and five active cases after one new patient was announced Friday.
*Morris County announced two new patients Friday. It is up to eight total patients. The patients mentioned Friday are the county's only active cases at this time.
*Osage County has six active cases, with four at least indirectly linked to recent attendance at the Osage County Senior Center. Three patients are hospitalized. Osage County has 38 total patients.
*Wabaunsee County has 39 total cases. Only one is active.

Weekend updates for most area counties and the state as a whole are coming separately by Monday afternoon.

We have several updates on the coronavirus front Monday and Tuesday on KVOE:

*KVOE's Talk of Emporia at 11:06 am Monday focuses on the reopening of Newman Regional Health's COVID-19 testing and respiratory clinic.
*Governor Laura Kelly is slated to have her weekly news conference at 4 pm Monday on KVOE and
*Lyon County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern will have perspective on the weekend numbers and trends on Tuesday's Newsmaker segment at 7:15 am.

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Last modified on Monday, 03 August 2020 06:27