It was announced recently that three staff members in the Ford County Treasurer’s Office, were confirmed to have COVID-19.

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It was announced recently that three staff members in the Ford County treasurer’s office were confirmed to have COVID-19.

The announcement of the cases led to changes being made the treasurer’s operations.

“We are arranging for the remainder of the staff to be tested," Ford County administrator J.D. Gilbert said. "At this time, the treasurer’s office will stop processing tags and personal property taxes at 2 p.m. each day.

"As they are short staffed, there may be delays in returning phone calls and/or returning emails.

"In the meantime, Ford County Maintenance and Custodial staff will continue scheduled disinfection and end-of-the day cleaning procedures.”

As of Wednesday, Ford County saw an increase of 37 cases based on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment report. It was reported Monday that Ford County reached 1,403 cases.

According to Ford County physicians adviser Dr. R.C. Trotter, there have been no additional deaths from COVID-19 leaving the total at eight.

Trotter added that in looking at data over the previous three weeks, he said that the number of cases is beginning to flatten.

"Three weeks ago we had 299 positives, two weeks ago had 304 and one week ago we had 264 positives," Trotter said. "To see where we are going, the curve will never come down because of the amount of testing we are doing but we need it to flatten and it appears in that direction."

The Wednesday KDHE report showed 1,440 total Ford County cases. For hospitalizations, the number reached 37, a rise of three from Monday's report. The report also showed 17 ICU admissions, an increase of one since Monday and a total of 24 patient discharges, an increase of one since Monday.

Testing in Ford County is still highest in the state per 1,000 people as the report indicated that 3,904 tests have been conducted giving a testing rate of 116.12 per 1,000 and 2,467 negative tests conducted.

The case rate is listed at 42.83 per 1,000 giving a positive case rate of 36.9% which is a decrease of 2% since Monday.

With Dodge City Days still scheduled to take place, Trotter added that if people are to venture out into public to do so with caution.

"Go out and support local businesses but wear the masks, it is what is allowing us to open back up and flatten the curve," he said. "Support businesses as safely as you can, follow the guidelines of gathering limits because if people listen to these measures it allows for the curve to flatten."

The cluster testing at Western State Bank Expo continues and according to Trotter will run through June at this point in time.

For the state, data compiled by Trotter based on KDHE reports shows the state overall has a 12% positive rate with 8% being hospitalized and 77% getting out of the hospital and a death rate of 2%.

As of Wednesday the state reached 8,539 cases with 760 hospitalizations, 178 deaths and 62,664 negative tests, an increase of 199 cases, 20 hospitalizations, fives deaths and 3,984 negative tests since Monday.

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