WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has updated its coronavirus data to show ten more cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Kansas. Cases of the variant more than doubled, from nine on Monday to 19 on Wednesday. Cases of the delta variant climbed by 308.
The KDHE also reports 34 more Kansas deaths have been linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 6,950. One of the recently added deaths was a person in the 18-24 age group.
There have been 153 new coronavirus hospitalizations in Kansas in the past two days, up dramatically since Monday’s report of 57 over the weekend. The KDHE says 5,074 Kansans tested positive for the coronavirus since the Monday update, while 3,818 tested negative.
Each Wednesday, the KDHE also updates how many active coronavirus clusters it is tracking across Kansas. There are 160 active clusters this week, down two from last Wednesday. Of the active clusters, 35 are in Kansas K-12 schools. That is down by three from last week. The KDHE only names locations that have five or more current cases.
These are the COVID-19 exposure locations named this week:
the last 14 days
|Corrections||Ellsworth Correctional Facility||Ellsworth||9|
|Riley County Correctional Facility||Manhattan||13|
|Day care||Lets Grow||Merriam||5|
|Mini Masters Learning Center||Topeka||8|
|Health care||Pittsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center||Pittsburg||6|
|Long term care facility||Catholic Care Center||Bel Aire||5|
|Diversicare of Sedgwick||Sedgwick||15|
|Garden Terrace||Overland Park||6|
|The Healthcare Resort Assisted Living||Topeka||6|
|Topeka Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare||Topeka||13|
|School||Andover Sunflower Elementary School||Andover||5|
|Anthony Elementary School||Anthony||6|
|Marion Middle/High School||Marion||6|
|North Fairview Elementary School||Topeka||7|
|Oak Hill Elementary School||Overland Park||5|
|Soderstrom Elementary School||Lindsborg||7|
|St Thomas Aquinas School||Wichita||7|
|USD 321 Rossville||Rossville||13|
|Sports||Olathe West High School||Olathe||6|
|Shawnee Mission West High School||Overland Park||9|
|Wabaunsee Junior High||Paxico||12|
The KDHE also updates its COVID-19 vaccination numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In the past two days:
- 6,311 more Kansans got their first dose of a vaccine
- 1,251 got a second dose (This number is much lower than the usual two-day count, but the KDHE says it should be considered a preliminary figure, and is correct for now.)
- 11,248 got a third dose
Of Kansans eligible to get vaccinated, the KDHE reports 62.62% have received at least one dose, while 54.2% have finished a vaccine series.
CDC Mask Guidelines based on community-level transmission:
Low (green): No mask needed indoors (get tested if you have symptoms)
Medium (yellow): Mask recommended for high-risk patients (discuss with your healthcare provider)
High (orange): Should wear mask indoors in public
Kansas coronavirus cases updated May 18, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated May 19, 2022
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Centers for Disease Control