Local COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, July 8

Ted Woodward
July 08, 2020 - 1:32 pm
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Here are the local COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, July 8, 2020:

Kansas, with a total population of more than 2.9 million people, has recorded more than 17,600 positive cases of the coronavirus, up more than 700 cases (4%) since Monday.

38% of the state's positive cases (down 1% from Monday), and 75% of the deaths, have come from clusters of COVID-19. A cluster is defined as "two or more non-household COVID-19 cases identified in a certain timeframe and place." .. 100 of those clusters have occurred in private businesses, and three dozen of those clusters are still active, five fewer than Monday.

18% of Kansas COVID-19 cases have come from meatpacking plants; that number has gone down 1% from Monday.

58% of Kansas COVID-19 deaths have come in long-term care facilities; that number has decreased by 1%.

7% of all Kansas residents have been tested. 

Among those tested in the state, 92% have tested negative for the coronavirus, and 8% positive; those percentages have remained steady.

The state says fewer than 11% of cases have required hospitalization; that percentage has remained steady.

There have been nearly 1,300 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Kansas, up 2.8% from Monday, and higher than the previous rate.

The state reports two more deaths from the virus since Monday (up 0.7%, a lower rate from last week); there have been 282 deaths in the state. Among the positive cases in Kansas, 1.6% have resulted in death; that percentage has gone down slightly during the past week. The median age for COVID-19 fatalities in Kansas is at 79 years of age.

The state's highest one-day death total (10) last occurred two-and-a-half months ago, in mid-April.

Sedgwick County has recorded more than 1,650 positive cases, adding 55 new cases from the day before (up 3.4%. a rising rate).There have been 28 COVID-19 deaths in Sedgwick County, a number that has not changed for the past two weeks. Among the cases in Sedgwick County, 1.7% have resulted in death; that percentage has gone down slightly.

Fewer than 7% of Sedgwick County residents have been tested for COVID-19.

Nearly 13% of the state's positive cases have been recorded in Sedgwick County and its surrounding counties; that number is staying steady.

The highest number of new daily cases (102) was recorded in Sedgwick County less than a week ago, on July 3; that came on a day with the third-highest number of overall tests in the county.

The peak for the rolling 14-day average of the positive percentage of all tests in Sedgwick County came more than two-and-a-half months ago on April 19th, at 12%. That percentage bottomed out below 1% in late May, but for the past five weeks it has been going back up quite a bit; it's now at nearly 8.7% and still surging, at its highest level since early May.

As of Monday, Sedgwick County now has 32 total patients hospitalized who are COVID-19 positive, a dozen more than a week ago. However, the county now records five fewer COVID cases in the ICU, giving the county 25 ICU beds available.

The age range with the highest percentage of hospitalizations in Kansas (21%) 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 44% 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, nearly 400 patients (2.3%) have required placement in the ICU, and 160 (fewer than 1%) required mechanical ventilation; those numbers are both down slightly.

Among COVID-19 hospitalizations in Kansas, 31% requre placement in the ICU, and 12.6% require a ventilator; the ventilator numbers have decreased slightly.

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