CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County caseload slows down; Osage County adds two deaths Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County caseload slows down; Osage County adds two deaths Lyon County Public Health chart

New cases of coronavirus are slowing down in Lyon County.

On Friday, Lyon County Public Health announced 26 new cases from Wednesday's report. The county total since last March is now 3,753. Active cases declined from 154 to 136, and the number of deaths and hospitalizations remained steady.

This is on the low end of the report ranges the past two weeks. Previous reports since Jan. 8 have been anywhere from 33 to 62 cases. It's also the lowest report since Dec. 21, when 17 new cases were announced.

Even before Friday's report, Lyon County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern said the data was trending in the right direction.

Daily infections are around 13, a "significant" improvement from the last two months, and the two-week test positivity rate is now around 10 percent after it had been close to 15 percent just last week. Another bit of good news is it appears Lyon County is clear of the post-Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Even with trends heading lower, Millbern encourages people to keep up with the mitigation strategies in place for months, notably mask use and 6-foot social distancing bubbles.

While Lyon County's numbers are flattening out, Osage County cracked the 900-case mark by adding 16 new cases between Tuesday and Thursday. Osage County is now at 901 total cases. Two people died between reporting periods due to COVID, so the county death toll is at 10. Active cases dipped one and are now at 50.

Coffey and Greenwood counties will announce updates by Friday evening.

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