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
Allen4,768
Anderson2,462
Atchison4,848
Barber1,158
Barton7,373
Bourbon5,263
Brown3,063
Butler21,529
Chase761
Chautauqua965
Cherokee7,058
Cheyenne710
Clark552
Clay2,275
Cloud2,491
Coffey2,726
Comanche486
Cowley12,019
Crawford14,453
Decatur720
Dickinson5,609
Doniphan2,752
Douglas32,396
Edwards640
Elk651
Ellis8,094
Ellsworth2,346
Finney12,588
Ford11,788
Franklin7,835
Geary10,937
Gove896
Graham710
Grant2,661
Gray1,333
Greeley386
Greenwood2,078
Hamilton535
Harper1,818
Harvey11,285
Haskell1,064
Hodgeman479
Jackson4,433
Jefferson5,487
Jewell900
Johnson170,838
Kearny1,354
Kingman2,230
Kiowa728
Labette7,612
Lane360
Leavenworth23,107
Lincoln693
Linn3,315
Logan954
Lyon11,457
Marion3,782
Marshall2,836
McPherson9,049
Meade1,325
Miami9,178
Mitchell1,671
Montgomery10,608
Morris1,695
Morton678
Nemaha3,667
Neosho5,852
Ness857
Norton2,373
Osage4,574
Osborne970
Ottawa1,393
Pawnee2,463
Phillips1,584
Pottawatomie6,776
Pratt2,129
Rawlins728
Reno21,645
Republic1,491
Rice2,962
Riley15,702
Rooks1,563
Rush901
Russell2,098
Saline16,274
Scott1,466
Sedgwick164,450
Seward7,826
Shawnee57,572
Sheridan869
Sherman1,718
Smith755
Stafford1,327
Stanton488
Stevens1,770
Sumner6,379
Thomas2,849
Trego868
Wabaunsee1,844
Wallace475
Washington1,549
Wichita565
Wilson3,280
Woodson944
Wyandotte52,921

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 Nov. 16, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated Nov. 17, 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.