WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — In the past two days, another 105 Kansans have been hospitalized with COVID-19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said that of the 109 Kansas hospitals that reported yesterday, there are 1,167 current COVID-19 patients admitted, with 230 of the patients in intensive care.

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Kansas increased by 134 in the past two days. The KDHE said the death toll is now 7,522. The 134 deaths did not all happen this week. The KDHE said previous deaths are often reviewed and then added or subtracted from the total, depending on what the review shows.

Some of the newly added deaths are in younger age groups. Two are in the 18-24-year-old age group, and two are in the 25-34 age group.

Age GroupDeathsChange
since
Wednesday
Percent of deaths
0-9 years40.1%
10-17 years40.1%
18-24 years27+2.4%
25-34 years61+2.8%
35-44 years184+32.4%
45-54 years435+95.8%
55-64 years975+1113%
65-74 years1,571+3720.9%
75-84 years1,980+3226.3%
85+ years2,281+3830.3%
Total7,522+134100%
(Source: KDHE)

The state said 12,986 more Kansans tested positive for the coronavirus since Wednesday. The KDHE tests about two percent of the positive cases for COVID-19 variants. It found 253 of the recent positive cases are the highly contagious omicron variant, while only six were the delta variant.

The KDHE does not have a way to know how many Kansans have tested positive with at-home test kits, so those numbers are not included in the KDHE data. However, a spokesperson said that the state encourages people who test positive with an at-home kit to get another test administered by or observed by a health care professional.

“If people choose not to get a confirmation test, they should still isolate at home while they are infectious and let their close contacts know about their potential exposure,” Matt Lara, KDHE communications director, said.

On Wednesday, the KDHE reported two new cases of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children), a condition that doctors say stems from COVID-19. The last time Kansas saw a new case of MIS-C was late October.

Each week, more Kansans get vaccinated against COVID-19. For example, in the past two days, almost 12,000 Kansans got vaccinated:

  • 3,180 got their first dose of a vaccine
  • 3,584 got their second dose
  • 5,091 got a third dose

Of Kansans eligible to get vaccinated, the KDHE reporter 65.24% have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 56.12% have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

CountyConfirmed
Allen3,997
Anderson2,138
Atchison4,332
Barber1,046
Barton6,508
Bourbon4,394
Brown2,739
Butler19,128
Chase674
Chautauqua846
Cherokee6,162
Cheyenne653
Clark504
Clay1,987
Cloud2,221
Coffey2,442
Comanche441
Cowley10,217
Crawford11,995
Decatur621
Dickinson4,821
Doniphan2,457
Douglas27,134
Edwards557
Elk571
Ellis7,167
Ellsworth2,016
Finney11,287
Ford10,633
Franklin7,032
Geary9,279
Gove791
Graham575
Grant2,206
Gray1,236
Greeley331
Greenwood1,807
Hamilton464
Harper1,655
Harvey9,645
Haskell964
Hodgeman411
Jackson3,912
Jefferson4,840
Jewell789
Johnson149,591
Kearny1,237
Kingman1,967
Kiowa668
Labette6,637
Lane296
Leavenworth19,684
Lincoln623
Linn2,829
Logan844
Lyon10,144
Marion3,339
Marshall2,564
McPherson7,860
Meade1,221
Miami7,895
Mitchell1,431
Montgomery9,454
Morris1,513
Morton623
Nemaha3,246
Neosho5,173
Ness780
Norton2,153
Osage3,955
Osborne804
Ottawa1,212
Pawnee2,146
Phillips1,359
Pottawatomie5,805
Pratt1,933
Rawlins685
Reno18,653
Republic1,356
Rice2,616
Riley13,740
Rooks1,385
Rush808
Russell1,883
Saline14,183
Scott1,280
Sedgwick145,703
Seward6,916
Shawnee49,021
Sheridan786
Sherman1,514
Smith646
Stafford1,140
Stanton427
Stevens1,465
Sumner5,731
Thomas2,399
Trego756
Wabaunsee1,646
Wallace438
Washington1,409
Wichita493
Wilson2,832
Woodson796
Wyandotte47,484

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 May 18, 2022
CDC Community transmission rates updated May 19, 2022
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control