WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The number of Kansas counties where masks are recommended indoors has dropped by half this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts together a map of counties considered at a high level of community transmission. Last week, 26 counties were in the high category. This week, only 13 are.

The CDC recommends that people who live in counties designated as high level should wear masks when indoors in public.

The CDC says it looks at the combination of three metrics when deciding which counties are at high risk — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days.

This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that 5,748 Kansans tested positive for the coronavirus and that 209 Kansans are hospitalized with COVID-19.

CountyTotal Cases
Allen4,919
Anderson2,488
Atchison4,893
Barber1,190
Barton7,465
Bourbon5,386
Brown3,093
Butler21,808
Chase774
Chautauqua975
Cherokee7,174
Cheyenne722
Clark556
Clay2,358
Cloud2,568
Coffey2,773
Comanche536
Cowley12,145
Crawford14,647
Decatur758
Dickinson5,704
Doniphan2,780
Douglas32,850
Edwards656
Elk665
Ellis8,211
Ellsworth2,364
Finney12,764
Ford11,847
Franklin7,930
Geary11,077
Gove908
Graham736
Grant2,708
Gray1,353
Greeley388
Greenwood2,118
Hamilton539
Harper1,867
Harvey11,414
Haskell1,093
Hodgeman485
Jackson4,513
Jefferson5,550
Jewell910
Johnson172,356
Kearny1,364
Kingman2,244
Kiowa740
Labette7,687
Lane364
Leavenworth23,383
Lincoln715
Linn3,343
Logan978
Lyon11,601
Marion3,880
Marshall2,876
McPherson9,190
Meade1,332
Miami9,271
Mitchell1,700
Montgomery10,701
Morris1,724
Morton694
Nemaha3,712
Neosho5,932
Ness879
Norton2,406
Osage4,658
Osborne984
Ottawa1,410
Pawnee2,519
Phillips1,621
Pottawatomie6,874
Pratt2,190
Rawlins751
Reno21,962
Republic1,511
Rice3,008
Riley15,900
Rooks1,569
Rush906
Russell2,117
Saline16,465
Scott1,497
Sedgwick166,199
Seward7,893
Shawnee58,434
Sheridan881
Sherman1,767
Smith802
Stafford1,346
Stanton504
Stevens1,796
Sumner6,484
Thomas2,895
Trego881
Wabaunsee1,884
Wallace478
Washington1,574
Wichita578
Wilson3,355
Woodson960
Wyandotte53,295

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 Dec. 7, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated Dec. 1, 2022
Number of cases listed is total since pandemic began
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control