New COVID-19 cases plummet in Kansas

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Kansas reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 1,142 new cases. That's down 21.2% from the previous week's tally of 1,450 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Kansas ranked 47th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 18.9% from the week before, with 232,421 cases reported. With 0.88% of the country's population, Kansas had 0.49% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, four states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Kansas, cases fell in 43 counties, with the best declines in Johnson, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties.

Ford County reported 11 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported seven cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 5,761 cases and 75 deaths.

Gray County reported one case and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported one case and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 565 cases and 14 deaths.

Hodgeman County reported one case and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported zero cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 212 cases and eight deaths.

Clark County reported one case and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported zero cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 253 cases and seven deaths.

Meade County reported one case and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported zero cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 514 cases and 12 deaths.

Edwards County reported three cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported one case and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 267 cases and 12 deaths.

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Kansas ranked 27th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 44.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 47.4%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Kansas reported administering another 64,609 vaccine doses, including 25,690 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 92,651 vaccine doses, including 25,343 first doses. In all, Kansas reported it has administered 2,210,856 total doses.

Within Kansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Morton, Chase and Edwards counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Sedgwick County, with 295 cases; Johnson County, with 246 cases; and Wyandotte County, with 97. Weekly case counts rose in 35 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Douglas, Cherokee and Geary counties.

In Kansas, 22 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 34 people were reported dead.

A total of 313,192 people in Kansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,039 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 32,940,778 people have tested positive and 585,970 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

Mount Carmel pharmacist David McKenney measures doses of a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the first aid station on the main concourse during the Columbus Clippers' opening day Triple-A baseball game at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on May 11, 2021. 39 people received a Johnson & Johnson vaccination from Mount Carmel during the event.