Nov 24, 2021 11:34 AM

COVID increasing, but numbers still better than 2020

Posted Nov 24, 2021 11:34 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. β€” Though COVID cases continue to rise as they did in November of 2020, it’s still staying somewhat tempered this time around. 

As of Tuesday, there were 445 active cases compared with 1,078 in 2020. The number of cases increased by 1,985 from the start of the month until now in 2020. This year the increase has been bad but not nearly as big with 916 cases since the start of November. Though the number of new cases is climbing, the number of active cases is still much less than last year.

One thing that remains to be seen is if cases climb after the Thanksgiving holiday with travel much less restricted than last year and colleges letting students go home for the break. 

Last year most schools canceled the rest of the fall semester in the buildings and either ended the first half of the year then or went to some type of off-campus learning.

Currently, there are 10 Reno County residents hospitalized and the number of fatalities from COVID is still at 172. The vaccine rate in the county is still around 50.5%.

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