Kansas reports more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 1,513 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with a total of 49,899 cases in 105 counties. There were also 23 new deaths, totaling 534.

The state reported 35 new hospitals. To date, there are 2,572 hospitals, 703 ICU admissions and 221 mechanical ventilation related to COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 1,887 have been discharged.

A look at the school gating metrics map shows most of south-central Kansas with a positivity of 5.1–9.9 percent. Sedgwick County reported a 7.37% positive rate for the past two weeks, from August 30 to September 12. School districts across the state use these numbers to determine how teaching should proceed. According to the information provided, most schools in Kansas require masks for students (82.76%) and staff (90.93%).

Currently, Kansas has 11,253, 611 hospital and 558 clusters active clusters for 312 deaths. The cluster consists of school, college and sports competitions. Long-term health facilities, Kansas Department of Corrections and meat packing plants make up the largest number of cluster cases.

Governor Laura Kelly will hold a press conference in Kansas at 4 pm to give an update about COVID-19.

Copyright 2020 KWCH. All rights reserved.