Clay County adds more than 80 new COVID infections in last 30 days


By Joshua Smith


Active COVID infections continue to grow at a much faster rate than they have in previous months, even as life continues to try and return to normal.


As of 9 a.m. on Friday, August 20, Clay County was reporting a cumulative total of 958 positive COVID diagnoses since the onset of the pandemic. This number represents an increase of 84 cases in the last 30 days.


On Friday, Clay County Emergency Management reported 21 active coronavirus cases in the county with an additional 32 individuals being monitored. Close contacts of the parties who have tested positive have been notified and are currently in quarantine. 


Throughout the course of the pandemic, 30 Clay County citizens have succumbed to the virus and 75 have been hospitalized. These numbers represent one additional death and seven new hospitalizations in the last 30 days.


As noted nationwide, the spike in recent COVID-19 infections is driven by the prevalence of the delta variant which carries a viral load roughly one-thousand times higher than the original strain of the virus.


Infections among younger citizens from newborns to young adults have begun to increase, representing roughly a quarter of new infections over the last 30 days. At the end of July, there were 168 cases among individuals aged from birth to 24 years, as of August 20 that number had increased to 190.


With school now in session, the state of Kansas has begun an advocacy program to encourage parents to have their children of the appropriate age vaccinated against the virus.  


Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment highly recommend any of the multiple presentation of the COVID vaccine as the first line in preventing the virus from continuing to spread.


Several presentations of the vaccine are readily available at the Clay County Health Department, along with free testing for the coronavirus. Call 785-632-3193 if you need to schedule an appointment for either a test or a vaccination. To date, there have been 3,796 doses of the vaccine administered in Clay County.


The vaccine may also be available at local pharmacies, Patterson Health Mart and Ferguson Rexall. Call for availability.


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic Kansas has reported 356,065 cases of the virus, with 12,417 hospitalizations and 5,494 deaths.