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Shawnee County COVID-19 indicator slightly drops while cases slightly rise



TOPEKA, Kan. – COVID-19 cases in Shawnee County rose slightly, but the county’s virus indicator dropped two points.

“As mentioned last week, we expected an increase in cases after spring break; we have now seen two back to back weeks of cases increasing,” the indicator said. “It will be important to keep an eye on whether the increase in cases continues moving forward.”

Shawnee County reported 136 cases between March 21-27, the virus indicator said. This week’s case count is a slight increase from the 111 cases reported on the last indicator. Positivity rate remains in the low category at 3.8%.

The overall score did drop down to five from seven and remains in the moderate category. The hospital stress index sits at 1.5, which is also in the moderate phase.

Stormont Vail had 19 COVID-19 patients and 88% capacity in its ICU as of Wednesday. The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis campus had three positive inpatients with its critical care at 93% capacity on Wednesday.

The hospitals have issued a combined total of 68,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.