WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its map that shows which counties should have people wear a mask when they are in public indoor spaces, such as stores and churches.
With the update Thursday afternoon, only Cherokee County is in that category. Seven other Kansas counties have dropped out of the red since last week: Gove, Hodgeman, Kingman, Logan, Sherman, Thomas, and Trego.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said 3,949 Kansans have tested positive for the coronavirus since last Wednesday. It says the seven-day average of new cases is 505, down from 538 last week.
The number of Kansans who tested positive for the COVID-19 stealth omicron variant in the past week is 46, lower than the 100 who tested positive for it the previous week.
The state’s COVID-19 death toll is 8,943, a decrease of three. The KDHE said that when cases are reviewed, officials will sometimes find that a death was not linked to COVID-19.
Hospitalizations are down. This week, 115 Kansans are hospitalized with COVID-19:
- 114 adults (down 11)
- 1 child (down 4)
- 17 of the adults are in intensive care (down 3)
Since last Wednesday, more than 15,000 Kansans got vaccinated against COVID-19:
- 2,236 got their first dose of vaccine
- 2,417 got a second dose
- 10,797 got the third dose
Of Kansans eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19, 67.47% have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 59.01% have completed 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 June 22, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated June 23, 2022
Number of cases listed is total since pandemic began
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Centers for Disease Control