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COVID-19 cases fall in Kansas



TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas reported 1,344 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 6.7% in the previous week . Then, 1,441 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 were reported.

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 the United States added 490,277 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 10.3% from the week before. Across the country, 35 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many states did not report cases on Easter. That will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Across Kansas, cases fell in 39 counties, with the best declines in Shawnee, Butler and Douglas counties.

Kansas ranked 20th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 37.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 35.9%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Kansas reported administering another 192,825 vaccine doses, compared to 196,663 the week before that. In all, Kansas reported it has administered 1,639,400 doses.

Within Kansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Bourbon, Lincoln and Geary counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Johnson County, with 395 cases; Sedgwick County, with 224 cases; and Wyandotte County, with 120. Weekly case counts rose in 42 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Geary, Labette and Miami counties.

In Kansas, six people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 41 people were reported dead.

A total of 305,773 people in Kansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,895 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 31,197,873 people have tested positive and 562,066 people have died.