Local COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, August 5

Ted Woodward
August 05, 2020 - 2:15 pm
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Here are the local COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, August 5, 2020:

Kansas, with a total population of more than 2.9 million people, has recorded nearly 30,000 positive cases of the coronavirus, up 2.9% from Monday.

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26% of the state's positive cases (down 1% from Monday), and 67% of the deaths have come from 370 clusters/outbreaks of COVID-19. A cluster is defined as "two or more non-household COVID-19 cases identified in a certain timeframe and place." .. 136 of those clusters have occurred in private businesses. Among all the reported clusters, 145 remain active (seven more since Monday).

11% of Kansas COVID-19 cases have come from meatpacking plants.

Fewer than 11% of all Kansas residents have been tested. 

Among those tested in the state, 90.4% have tested negative for the coronavirus, and 9.6% positive.

The state says fewer than 10% of cases have required hospitalization; that number has remained steady.

There have been 1,800 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Kansas, up another 2% (39 patients) since Monday.

The state reports three additional deaths from the virus since Monday (up fewer than 1%, a lower rate from last week); there have been 368 deaths in the state. Among the positive cases in Kansas, 1.2% have resulted in death; that percentage has decreased slightly. The median age for COVID-19 fatalities in Kansas is at 78 years of age.

The state's highest one-day death total (10) last occurred nearly four months ago, in early April.

Sedgwick County has recorded more than 4,500 positive cases, adding 104 new cases from the day before (up 2.3%). There have been 43 COVID-19 deaths in Sedgwick County. Among the cases in Sedgwick County, fewer than 1% have resulted in death.

11% of Sedgwick County residents have been tested for COVID-19.

19% of the state's positive cases have been recorded in Sedgwick County and its surrounding counties; that number has gone up from last week.

The highest number of new daily cases (150) was recorded in Sedgwick County nearly a month ago, on July 10.

The peak for the rolling 14-day average of the positive percentage of all tests in Sedgwick County came 13 days ago, at nearly 14% -- higher than it was back in mid-April at its previous peak.That percentage bottomed out below 1% in late May, but then for two months it climbed steadily. For the 13 days following the peak, the percentage has for the most part been in decline, although it has risen slightly since Monday.

Sedgwick County has more than 200 ICU beds available; they are currently 90% filled, with 34 of them (16%) occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Sedgwick County now has 72 total patients hospitalized who are COVID-19 positive, nine more than a week ago.

The age range with the highest percentage of hospitalizations in Kansas (20%) are those between the ages of 55-64.

The age range with the highest percentages of positive cases requiring hospitalization in Kansas are those 75-84, with 42% of those cases requiring hospitalization.

The age range with the most positive cases in Kansas (19%) are those between the ages of 25-34. In that age range, fewer than 4% of cases require hospitalization.

Among COVID-19 cases in Kansas, more than 500 patients (1.7%) have required placement in the ICU, and 174 (0.6%) required mechanical ventilation.

Among COVID-19 hospitalizations in Kansas, 28% requre placement in the ICU, and 10% require a ventilator; those numbers have remained steady.

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