WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — An upsurge in coronavirus cases means a face mask recommendation for some more Kansas counties. However, some other counties are doing better and have dropped off the mask recommendation list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 41 Kansas counties are at high risk of community-level coronavirus transmission. That is better than last week when 55 counties were on the list.

This week’s list includes Rawlins County, which jumped two levels, from low-risk last week to high-risk this week. The CDC recommends that people who are in high-risk counties wear face masks when they are 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.

CountyTotal Cases
Allen4,465
Anderson2,331
Atchison4,666
Barber1,113
Barton6,943
Bourbon4,969
Brown2,948
Butler20,555
Chase736
Chautauqua901
Cherokee6,688
Cheyenne678
Clark527
Clay2,177
Cloud2,401
Coffey2,592
Comanche457
Cowley11,291
Crawford13,343
Decatur654
Dickinson5,297
Doniphan2,644
Douglas30,583
Edwards619
Elk618
Ellis7,667
Ellsworth2,210
Finney12,169
Ford11,465
Franklin7,491
Geary10,244
Gove863
Graham616
Grant2,461
Gray1,290
Greeley367
Greenwood1,935
Hamilton519
Harper1,752
Harvey10,681
Haskell1,014
Hodgeman451
Jackson4,241
Jefferson5,252
Jewell857
Johnson164,687
Kearny1,330
Kingman2,109
Kiowa703
Labette7,124
Lane327
Leavenworth21,765
Lincoln657
Linn3,097
Logan904
Lyon10,828
Marion3,596
Marshall2,713
McPherson8,574
Meade1,269
Miami8,676
Mitchell1,560
Montgomery10,104
Morris1,606
Morton654
Nemaha3,507
Neosho5,577
Ness806
Norton2,279
Osage4,291
Osborne883
Ottawa1,300
Pawnee2,351
Phillips1,488
Pottawatomie6,341
Pratt2,060
Rawlins708
Reno20,540
Republic1,432
Rice2,827
Riley14,841
Rooks1,460
Rush849
Russell1,964
Saline15,496
Scott1,417
Sedgwick157,633
Seward7,515
Shawnee54,582
Sheridan819
Sherman1,630
Smith697
Stafford1,243
Stanton446
Stevens1,661
Sumner6,101
Thomas2,696
Trego826
Wabaunsee1,761
Wallace462
Washington1,491
Wichita537
Wilson3,085
Woodson885
Wyandotte51,027

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 Aug. 17, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated Aug. 11, 2022
Number of cases listed is total since pandemic began
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) releases its weekly updates on Wednesdays. This week, it said 6,722 Kansans tested positive in the previous seven days.