Douglas County’s COVID-19 count increases to 43 | News, Sports, Jobs

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After staying steady for several days, the number of Douglas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 increased to 43 on Saturday, local health officials reported.

That’s an increase of one case from the previous total of 42, which had held steady since Wednesday.

Of the 43 cases, 26 are believed to have been contracted through travel, eight from local transmission and eight from contact with someone with a positive case. One case is still under investigation for type of transmission.

Contact with a positive case means the health department has determined the person’s exposure to a known positive case was the source of his or her contracting COVID-19, whereas local transmission means the department’s investigators could not identify the source of the person’s disease and the person had not recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 was present.

The 43 local cases involve two people in their late teens, 18 people in their 20s, 10 people in their 30s, six people in their 40s, four people in their 50s, one person in his or her 60s, one person in his or her 70s and one person who is over the age of 80, according to Saturday’s news release from the health department. Of those cases, 22 are men and 21 are women, the health department said.

Thirty-two out of the 43 people with cases of COVID-19 have recovered.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced that, as of 11 a.m. Saturday, a total of 1,790 Kansas residents had tested positive for COVID-19, including 86 deaths as a result of the disease.

KDHE’s online map noted that 1,103 Douglas County residents have been tested for the disease so far. The county’s testing rate per 1,000 people was 9.02, the ninth-highest in the state.







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