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Press Release - Covid-19 - 05/12/2020 - 2pm



May 12, 2020 – 2pm







Barton County reports a total of twenty-two positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).   Of the twenty-two cases, 10 remain in isolation or quarantine, the remaining have resulted in sufficient symptom recovery to be released.


The breakdown of gender is as follows:

Male                                               6

Female                                         16


The breakdown of residence is as follows:

          Claflin                                            3

          Ellinwood                                       4

          Great Bend                                  13

          Rural Great Bend                           1

          Rural NE corner of county              1


Barton County Health Department, under the direction of KDHE, conducted cohort testing of staff and residents of a long-term care facility last week after an employee with travel history became symptomatic of COVID-19.  Some results are still pending from this testing, however to date, this cohort testing resulted in 6 positive cases, 1 resident and 5 employees.  This facility has remained on lock down with no visitors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore the threat to the community is limited to employee interaction with the public while not at work.  Barton County Health Department personnel have taken the appropriate measures to ensure that anyone associated with any of these positive cases, or any positive cases of COVID-19, are isolated or quarantined, as necessary.


This does not mean that unidentified cases do not exist elsewhere in the county and precautions should be taken by ALL residents of the county in all areas. 


Please refer to the KDHE (Kansas Department of Health & Environment) website for additional information and statewide statistics at:



Updates on county statistics are now provided on the Barton County web-site.  You can access the information by visiting:      www.bartoncounty.org  and clicking the COVID-19 link in the upper left hand corner of the home page.