WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Kansas health officials are reporting a drop in new coronavirus cases but an increase in deaths. What is unclear is if the deaths are recent or from an earlier time in the pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said the state’s COVID-19 death toll increased by 45 to 9,072 this week. Two of the deaths that were added were children in the infant to 9-year-old age group. One of the children died in May. The other child died in February.

The KDHE included a note that said, “Increase in deaths is attributable to OVS (Office of Vital Statistics) death data reconciliation and does not necessarily reflect an increase in recent deaths.”

On Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organization said that the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide last week was the lowest reported in the pandemic since March 2020.

The KDHE said 4,164 Kansans tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week. That is 386 fewer than the previous week. The seven-day average of new cases dropped from 740 last week to 541 this week.

The number of Kansas adults hospitalized with COVID-19 went down, but the number of children and the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care went up.

The KDHE said there were 167 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Tuesday:

  • 151 adults (down 11 from last week)
  • 16 children (up five)
  • 29 of the patients are in intensive care (up three)

The state also tests some of the coronavirus cases for variants and subvariants. It says 116 recently came back as positive for the BA.4/BA.5 subvariants. There were only two new cases of the BA.2 subvariant and one of the delta variant.

Medical offices and pharmacies in Kansas are starting to get the reformulated Pfizer vaccine booster that protects against BA.4 and BA.5.

In the meantime, Kansans continue to get vaccinated with the previous vaccines and booster doses. Since last Wednesday, the KDHE reports that:

  • 2,559 more Kansans got their first dose of a vaccine
  • 2,980 got a second dose
  • 11,304 got a booster dose

The state says that 64.2% of Kansans have received at least one dose, while 56.1% have completed a vaccine series.

CountyTotal Cases
Allen4,621
Anderson2,420
Atchison4,761
Barber1,131
Barton7,169
Bourbon5,145
Brown3,020
Butler21,081
Chase748
Chautauqua924
Cherokee6,900
Cheyenne690
Clark541
Clay2,234
Cloud2,447
Coffey2,666
Comanche476
Cowley11,741
Crawford13,929
Decatur671
Dickinson5,499
Doniphan2,708
Douglas31,570
Edwards626
Elk629
Ellis7,902
Ellsworth2,275
Finney12,434
Ford11,658
Franklin7,646
Geary10,706
Gove875
Graham632
Grant2,625
Gray1,313
Greeley371
Greenwood2,028
Hamilton533
Harper1,784
Harvey11,036
Haskell1,045
Hodgeman467
Jackson4,320
Jefferson5,363
Jewell885
Johnson167,536
Kearny1,349
Kingman2,175
Kiowa714
Labette7,379
Lane341
Leavenworth22,368
Lincoln671
Linn3,244
Logan920
Lyon11,222
Marion3,686
Marshall2,783
McPherson8,815
Meade1,308
Miami8,965
Mitchell1,600
Montgomery10,446
Morris1,679
Morton667
Nemaha3,622
Neosho5,709
Ness828
Norton2,343
Osage4,419
Osborne909
Ottawa1,353
Pawnee2,391
Phillips1,539
Pottawatomie6,578
Pratt2,098
Rawlins711
Reno21,038
Republic1,459
Rice2,885
Riley15,412
Rooks1,530
Rush879
Russell2,018
Saline15,995
Scott1,440
Sedgwick161,553
Seward7,722
Shawnee56,085
Sheridan860
Sherman1,663
Smith709
Stafford1,298
Stanton466
Stevens1,733
Sumner6,232
Thomas2,770
Trego846
Wabaunsee1,805
Wallace470
Washington1,527
Wichita558
Wilson3,186
Woodson930
Wyandotte52,172

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 Sep. 21, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated Sep. 22, 2022
Number of cases listed is total since pandemic began
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control