There are currently 117 known active cases of COVID-19 in Geary County, according to the Geary County Health Department.

Eight new cases of the delta variant have been identified by the health department to bring the total to 132 but a total of 16 new cases of COVID-19 were identified last week, much smaller than the week before.

The health department also listed a total of 29 new recoveries from the virus.

The health department’s unofficial death count rose by one since last week to 36.

There have been a total of 20 known breakthrough cases of COVID-19 — cases where someone who was vaccinated contracted the virus nonetheless — in Geary County which is one higher than last week.

The health department lists the county as having experienced 2352 cases of COVID-19 and 2210 recoveries in total since the virus first arrived in the community in spring 2020.

The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment lists the community as having had more cases of the virus than the health department does.

The KDHE lists Geary County as having had a total of 4,426 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

This difference of 2,074 is accounted for by numbers from the Geary County side of Fort Riley according to the health department. Fort Riley does not report its numbers directly to the health department, but does report its numbers to the KDHE.

While Geary County lags behind many other Kansas counties in terms of vaccination, the number of Geary County residents that have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has gone up.

The KDHE now lists 427.9 per 1,000 people aged 12 and above have had at least one dose of the vaccine in Geary County — a total of about 10,293.

According to the KDHE, 8,445 people are fully-vaccinated against the virus in Geary County — 351.1 per 1,000 people.

Geary Community Hospital routinely releases its COVID-19-related numbers to the public.

According to the most recent update from the hospital, there is one COVID-19 patient in the ICU and they are currently on a ventilator. There are three COVID-19 patients hospitalized at GCH at this time, one who is vaccinated and two who are not.

In total, GCH is serving 12 inpatients at this time, including those who are there for COVID-19-related treatments and those who are in the hospital for other reasons.

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