As COVID-19 vaccinations are underway for Labette County health care workers, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment coronavirus report Wednesday shows infection numbers grew by 132 in the county since Monday.
The KDHE report showed Labette County with 1,922 total cases on Wednesday, an increase of 132 from Monday’s report. The total case count tracks to the beginning of the pandemic.
KDHE’s report shows Labette County’s total number of deaths because of COVID-19 at 15, which is an increase of one from Monday.
Statewide, there have 193 deaths, 6,371 new cases and 192 new hospitalizations since Monday. In total, 2,741 Kansans have died since the pandemic started.
Overall, the state has had 222,433 positive cases since the pandemic began, according to Wednesday’s report, the final one of 2020.
Other area case rates:
— Montgomery: 2,244 cases, up 156; 25 total deaths.
— Wilson: 633 cases, up 29; six total deaths.
— Neosho: 1,192 cases, up 61; nine total deaths.
— Crawford: 3,379 cases, up 135; 34 total deaths.
— Cherokee: 1,709 cases, up 81; 32 total deaths.
Labette County has a case cluster in progress at the Labette County Jail in Oswego. The cluster — 33 inmates and two jailers have tested positive as of last week’s testing — will remain active until two weekly test periods show no positive tests.
The COVID-19 vaccine is making the rounds in Labette County.
Brian Williams, Labette Health CEO, said the hospital administered 157 doses of the Pfizer vaccine two weeks ago and is preparing to administer the booster dose next week.
The hospital focused on vaccinating those involved in direct patient care: doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental services and ambulance service personnel, Williams said.
“We received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and are administering it to health care workers at Labette Health and others with privileges at the hospital,” Williams said.
He said the hospital attempted to coordinate its efforts with the county health department and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to ensure all frontline health care workers receive the vaccine. The health department, however, has been too busy with case investigations and contact tracing, the department administrator told the Sun.
“The vaccine is voluntary, but we are having a broad acceptance rate of the vaccines in the range of above 95% for the physicians,” Williams said.