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Coronavirus in Kansas: Deaths top 1,000, Governor orders flags at half-staff, Wichita hospitals have 96 COVID patients

Coronavirus in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The number of Kansas deaths linked to COVID-19 has surpassed 1,000. Governor Laura Kelly released a statement saying that 1,007 Kansans have lost their lives to the illness. That is 31 more deaths since Monday.

She is asking that flags be flown at half-staff throughout the state effective immediately to sundown Friday, Oct. 30.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of 1,007 Kansans who lost their lives to COVID-19,” Governor Laura Kelly said in the statement. “One of the many terrible impacts of this virus has been that families are unable to hold in-person services to mourn the passing of their loved ones. Each one of these Kansans was someone’s child, parent, or grandparent. They were part of a community. Today, I’m directing that flags be lowered to half-staff, so that we may honor and remember them.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) says 3,752 more Kansans have tested positive for the coronavirus. That brings the state’s total since the pandemic began to 82,045.

That is the biggest jump we have seen in positive cases, but the KDHE says the jump is partly due to an update to the disease surveillance system, EpiTrax. A process that used to be done manually is now automated. It says that approximately 1,500 cases from today’s update are because of that.

There have been 106 new hospitalizations in Kansas linked to COVID-19 since Monday.

On Wednesday, Sedgwick County reported 129 new cases and two more deaths. The average 14-day rolling positives for tests was at 13.1%.

During the commission meeting, Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz reported that Via-Christi was at capacity for COVID patients and Wesley was at about 90%.

According to a Sedgwick County dashboard on October 26, there were 39 COVID patients in the ICU with 90 COVID patients hospitalized. The county said there are 195 ICU beds in use out of 208. The county listed hospitalizations as critical.

Via Christi and Wesley released statements Wednesday saying they had 96 COVID patients in both hospitals.

Every week, we provide city and county leaders with a snapshot of how many patients are receiving care for COVID-19 at our Wichita hospitals. However, this is just a snapshot of a particular moment in time as patient volume in these and other units fluctuates through the day every day of the week. As of noon today, we had 56 patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and despite high volumes hospital wide, had ICU beds available for patients presenting with other conditions.

Last week, we expanded our number of ICU beds dedicated to COVID-19 care. We also will be adding 25 traveling nurses to help provide that care here and our hospitals in Pittsburg and Manhattan. Some have already begun work.

We are committed to providing safe, quality care to all who come to us and to adjusting as we may need to in order to respond to the community’s needs. While we have contingency plans in place if the numbers of patients with COVID-19 needing hospitalization continues to grow, we would much prefer that the community join us in turning the numbers around by wearing a mask any time they are within six feet of someone not a part of their immediate household.

Dr. Sam Antonios, chief clinical officer Ascension Via Christi

Providing exceptional patient care to our community while maintaining a safe work environment for our colleagues are both paramount at Wesley Medical Center. Hospital capacity can fluctuate greatly during respiratory season based on admissions and discharges that may occur any given day. It is important to recognize that our current patient volume reflects both our COVID19 and non-COVID patient populations. We are currently treating 40 patients for COVID-19, which represents only 10% of our overall patient census. All COVID19 patients are cohorted into two dedicated units, which are isolated from other patient care areas to keep patients, visitors, physicians and colleagues safe.

The 40 patients currently being treated represent a significant uptick in hospitalizations from COVID19, and we remain concerned that this increase reflects the public moving away from the recommended precautions needed to control the spread of COVID19 in our community. We encourage everyone to wear masks in public, practice hand hygiene and social distance whenever possible so that we can begin reducing the infection rate across Sedgwick County and ensure that our healthcare resources are not strained more than necessary. We remain prepared and committed to providing exceptional patient care to our community.

Dave Stewart, Wesley director of marketing & pr

A total of 550,988 Kansans have tested negative for the coronavirus. That is up 3,733 since Monday.

The KDHE provides coronavirus updates each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It does not track recoveries.

CountyConfirmed
Allen884
Anderson739
Atchison1,402
Barber350
Barton2,466
Bourbon1,184
Brown1,159
Butler6,584
Chase227
Chautauqua225
Cherokee2,103
Cheyenne333
Clark224
Clay724
Cloud939
Coffey605
Comanche151
Cowley3,249
Crawford4,056
Decatur248
Dickinson1,544
Doniphan857
Douglas7,568
Edwards234
Elk154
Ellis3,425
Ellsworth1,151
Finney5,169
Ford5,424
Franklin2,188
Geary2,592
Gove359
Graham238
Grant899
Gray539
Greeley102
Greenwood514
Hamilton197
Harper553
Harvey3,133
Haskell396
Hodgeman171
Jackson1,234
Jefferson1,482
Jewell184
Johnson47,897
Kearny543
Kingman638
Kiowa218
Labette2,373
Lane117
Leavenworth5,968
Lincoln244
Linn676
Logan286
Lyon3,783
Marion908
Marshall881
McPherson2,832
Meade463
Miami2,384
Mitchell533
Montgomery2,895
Morris479
Morton221
Nemaha1,412
Neosho1,553
Ness322
Norton1,182
Osage1,037
Osborne264
Ottawa508
Pawnee1,094
Phillips641
Pottawatomie1,418
Pratt773
Rawlins283
Reno7,842
Republic639
Rice962
Riley4,458
Rooks592
Rush409
Russell790
Saline5,367
Scott543
Sedgwick48,224
Seward3,674
Shawnee14,630
Sheridan419
Sherman571
Smith243
Stafford314
Stanton170
Stevens520
Sumner1,770
Thomas996
Trego358
Wabaunsee581
Wallace166
Washington481
Wichita209
Wilson807
Woodson182
Wyandotte17,751
Dundy, NE140
Furnas, NE422
Hitchcock, NE224
Red Willow, NE1,102
Beaver, OK357
Harper, OK393
Kay, OK4,437
Texas, OK3,267

County list updated: Jan 22, 2021
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Oklahoma State Department of Health

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