Douglas County count of identified COVID-19 cases reaches 22

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital personnel wait for the next patient to arrive for a drive-thru virus test In Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Tests are by appointment only. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Story updated at 5:08 p.m. Saturday:

Local health officials announced Saturday that 22 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The local cases involve one person in their late teens, eight people in their 20s, seven people in their 30s, two people in their 40s, two people in their 50s, one person in their 60s and one person in their 70s, according to a release Saturday afternoon from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health.

An earlier count, released by state health officials, said Douglas County had 23 cases of the disease. However, those results included a presumptive case that had not been confirmed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment lab. The presumptive positive case was removed from the county’s tally after a confirmed negative test, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its release later in the day.

Amid nationwide concerns about limited testing, the state had identified 261 total cases of the disease, with five deaths, as of Saturday morning. That number doesn’t include the presumptive case that later turned out to be negative.

Of 175 cases where information was available, 50 hospitalizations have been reported to date, the state said. That cumulative number, which likely includes patients who have recovered and are no longer hospitalized, reflects only Kansas residents and does not include residents of other states who may be in Kansas hospitals.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay-at-home order Saturday in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

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