HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The number of new COVID cases has jumped by 447 in the past 11 days. As of Friday morning, the number of positive cases stands at 11,023. The current active case count has also increased by 167 cases since the start of November to 347.
The numbers are not as high as 2020 when the active case count stood at 926 Nov. 12. The Reno County Health Department says they are hoping that vaccinations, especially for those over 65 and other efforts will keep the numbers lower for Thanksgiving when the 2020 numbers peaked at more than 1,500 active cases before decreasing to less than 600 at Christmas of last year.
The number of deaths related to COVID also increased by 3 to 172 in the county.
Vaccinations are now approved for emergency use for children. As of Friday, total vaccinations have crossed the 50% threshold.
The death rate for COVID-19 in Reno County is 172 of 10,676 or 1.6%.